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Sales People Quotes


"Positive, optimistic sales people sell more than pessimistic sales people." - Martin Seligman

"Sales bring out the worst in people." - Haley Webb

"Coaches are sales people and change agents." - Hugh McCutcheon

"Most people struggle financially because they take advice from sales people, not rich people." - Robert Kiyosaki

"The quickest way to grow the sales of your business is to grow your people." - Robin S. Sharma

"The bottom line is that people are seeking answers and direction, not messages or sales pitches." - Brian Solis

"The better portion of all sales I have made were made after people had said 'no'." - Napoleon Hill

"In Sales, you have to satisfy two people: One, your customer. Two, your Boss." - Praveen Kumar

"Great sales people [don't] have the ability to feel sorry for themselves." - Barbara Corcoran

"Most people buy not because they believe, but because the sales person believes." - Ben Feldman

"Anytime you cut food stamps, it naturally affects sales. People spend less." - John Catsimatidis

"Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word 'no' mean to a child? Almost nothing." - Jim Rohn

"The more people you contact, the higher your sales will be because of the law of probabilities." - Brian Tracy

"Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word "no" mean to a child? Almost nothing." - Jim Rohn

"Keep your sales pipeline full by prospecting continuosly.Always have more people to see than you have time to see them ." - Brian Tracy

"Sales = income. The reason so many people have low incomes is that they are poor at selling." - Robert Kiyosaki

"For small business people, less paperwork means higher profits, boosted sales and more time with the family." - Tony Abbott

"Jazz was a bomb. That was also the low point of Mac sales. People had just written it off." - Mitch Kapor

"Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." - Unknown

"Sales fixes everything." - Guy Kawasaki

"I have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don't hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales." - Zig Ziglar

"The top salesperson in the organization probably missed more sales than 90% of the sales people on the team, but they also made more calls than the others made." - Zig Ziglar

"Salespeople are the most vital people in any business. Without sales, the biggest and most sophisticated companies shut down. Sales are the spark plug in the engine of free enterprise. There is a direct relationship between the success of the sales community and the success of the entire country." - Brian Tracy

"Often in companies, you'll see tensions between sales and marketing. Sales people will want to give discounts to clients because they often get paid a commission based on how much they sell. So they're always pushing to give discounts because that will increase sales. Marketing, however, is judged by overall profitability." - Charles Duhigg

"If you go out there and start making noise and making sales - people will find you. Sales cure all. You can talk about how great your business plan is and how well you are going to do. You can make up your own opinions, but you cannot make up your own facts. Sales cure all." - Daymond John

"Many companies forget what it means to make great products. After initial success, sales and marketing people take over and the product people eventually make their way out." - Steve Jobs

"To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here's what's exciting: There are lots of people!" - Jim Rohn

"The people that are running the bulk of the comic shops in North America aren't business people and they don't understand sales. They don't understand good product." - Rob Walton

"Internalize the Golden Rule of sales that says: All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust." - Bob Burg

"Lawyers don't run sales forces." - Jeff Raikes

"When you have a product that has zero sales, it is easy for people to say whatever they want about it and almost fantasize about it." - Bill Gates

"Talk is cheap. If it wasn't, people might not toss around 'I love you' like a marked-down phrase in a sales bin." - Tonya Hurley

"On Facebook, the definition of great content is not the content that makes the most sales, but the content that people most want to share with others." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"If all you did to improve your commercial presence was to train your sales people on the importance of influencers ... how much more effective could they be?" - Sandy Carter

"People will buy anything at jumble sales,' I said. 'At the Evacuated Children Charity Fair a woman bought a tree branch that had fallen on the table." - Connie Willis

"Try to sell cold callers something and be very insistent. Works well. Also good for door-to-door sales people, especially if they're wearing poor shoes." - Sean O'Grady

"Money is a function of value creation. The more value you create for other people, the higher the sales of your organization." - Robin S. Sharma

"Sales is this cure all for this problem. Get people to give you their credit card and I guarantee you they're actually interested." - Emmett Shear

"My dad used to sell a type of commodity contract. It was so complicated, he was certain his sales people didn't understand what they were selling." - Nicholas Jarecki

"As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it's been a huge promotional tool for me." - Al Yankovic

"A telemarketer has as much right to force people to listen to a sales pitch as a door-to-door salesman has to force himself into a home." - Julie Ann Dawson

"People who are using it to sell things on Craigslist to holding garage sales - campaigns - the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign both used Square to raise funds." - Jack Dorsey

"Hopefully, one day people will be able to look at Mumford & Sons and say, 'that's a career band.' It's all about time instead of sales." - Ben Lovett

"Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business." - Ben Horowitz

"Japanese tend to put sales and market share first. They make many products with the aim of raising sales. But then profits decline, and companies find themselves falling into debt... I changed the mindset at Canon by getting people to realize that profits come first." - Fujio Mitarai

"When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, 'Who are these people? Why should we watch them?" - Dick Wolf

"More than half of all the hip hop record sales are white people, and I think that might be a result of my record helping people to accept hip hop." - Vanilla Ice

"I don't worry about new home sales" - James K. Glassman

"Enchantment is the purest form of sales" - Guy Kawasaki

"Advertising produces familiarity which produces sales" - Paul Cookson

"Movies help the sales of the comics." - Stan Lee

"Society is secretly driven by sales" - Peter Thiel

"Sales is the parent of marketing." - Eben Pagan

"Upfronts are all about ad sales." - Bryan Fuller

"My book sales make 'real writers' possible." - Jennifer Weiner

"Activity equals results. If you want to increase your success, increase your activity. Increase contact with customers. The more people you contact, the higher your sales will be because of the law of probabilities." - Brian Tracy

"Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes." - Cathy McMorris

"When I moved into management, it was all about managing people and keeping them motivated - I didn't use sales metrics to drive my business. Now, everything comes from the numbers." - Jim McDonough

"Some people fold after making one timid request. They quit too soon. Keep asking until you find the answers. In sales there are usually four or five "no's" before you get a "yes."" - Jack Canfield

"Americans are driving more in less-efficient vehicles. Sales of sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks have been amazingly strong considering the recession, and low pump prices are keeping people on the roads" - Mike Lucky

"The ultimate compliment a customer can make to an organization about one of its marketing people is: "I'm not sure whether your sales rep works for me or for you."" - Buck Rodgers

"On most lines, making a sale without making a convert does not count for much. Sales made by conviction - by advertising - are likely to bring permanent customers. People who buy through casual recommendations often do not stick" - Claude C Hopkins

"I wanted my book to make people cry, but I feel like I'm the only person who my book is going to make cry, if they show me the sales numbers." - David Shapiro

"Museum of Modern Art doesn't have anything to do with what I do. Probably has made some differences in my sales, I wouldn't be surprised. Again, you have to ask other people, because I don't have a measuring device." - Garry Winogrand

"As long as somebody is guaranteed a certain number of sales you know you're gonna keep seeing these vanity projects. I mean they have a place, they serve a function they can bring people into comics." - Gerard Way

"No Government can produce an economic miracle. An economic miracle depends on people on the shop floor, in the board room, in the sales office, working a bit harder and more efficiently than they have worked in the past." - Denis Healey

"I love working with customers. Sales has really influenced everything I do. It has instilled in me the important traits of operating with a sense of urgency and listening to people." - Jeffrey R Immelt

"When you have a very hot single there is no reason why it can't drive album sales. People fall off and come back on. I'm looking forward to coming back on with a vengeance." - Justin Guarini

"I worked in ad sales. I would call up local businesses and try to get them to buy ads in the paper. The whole time, I felt like I was just scamming people." - J Cole

"No one really buys records anymore. You can look at sales and do that math real quick. Unfortunately, it's fast food in the music industry. People don't ingest full records anymore." - Tommy Lee

"Really good customer service will deliver sales. You are training salesmen to give the best possible advice and then to achieve the sale. People actually like you to ask for a sale because it shows you value their business." - John Caudwell

"The record industry is still pissed off that other people are making money off their business, even if it promotes their products and increases their sales. I think they're still mad about radio." - Jonathan Potter

"It is not just disposable income but whether people feel good about their immediate future that drives sales. It is this feel-good factor that drives the purchases more and more than mere economic wealth." - Johann Rupert

"The CD, it should be noted, was born out of greed. It was devised to prop up record sales on the expectation of people replenishing their record collections with CDs of albums they had already purchased." - John Mellencamp

"Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes." - Cathy Mcmorris Rodgers

"In the past the publishers I've worked with have been extremely generous. And in almost every case, have been people who believed in the work rather than the sales and marketing." - Peter Sotos

"I hate when dealers talk to me. I love dealers - they're some of our favorite people in the art world. But I hate if they do a sales pitch on me. I can't stand it." - Jerry Saltz

"The sales department isn't the whole company, but the whole company better be the sales department." - Philip Kotler

"Mediocre products with great sales teams always beat great products with mediocre sales teams." - Donal Daly

"The sales department is' the whole company, but the whole company better be the sales department." - Philip Kotler

"The sales department isn't the whole company, but the whole company better be the sales department." - Philip Kotler

"Sales may lead to advertising as much as advertising leads to sales." - Michael Schudson

"You know how some people are upwardly mobile? I'm sort of downwardly mobile in the publishing world, because of my sales figures and also because of the kind of books I write. Everything really counts on sales. I started out with a bigger press, my first few books. But I've always done some things with independent and small presses and small magazines and I always will." - Lynne Tillman

"Sales management is the most critical - and underappreciated - role in the sales force. Companies struggle to find something powerful to train sales managers on." - Jason Jordan

"An enemy of innovation could be your own sales force." - Akio Morita

"If you increase the sales tax... everybody would be taxed." - Robert S. Strauss

"The most beautiful curve is a rising sales graph." - Raymond Loewy

"Friendly makes sales - and friendly generates repeat business." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Consistency breeds familiarity, familiarity breeds confidence, and confidence breeds sales." - Jay Conrad Levinson

"A shrinking economy means lost sales and lost jobs" - John Warren Kindt

"Whatever the career, sales ability distinguishes superstars from also-rans." - Peter Thiel

"The best sales questions have your expertise wrapped into them." - Jill Konrath

"Traditional methods of sales prospecting are grossly inefficient." - Jill Konrath

"There can be no success in sales without tenacity." - Chris Murray

"Also a portion of my sales go directly to Greenpeace." - Rick Danko

"Very rarely is there a spike in news-stand sales." - David Remnick

"I love going to tag sales, to auctions." - Lara Spencer

"If you increase the sales tax... everybody would be taxed." - Robert Strauss

"Numbers of sales do not correspond to numbers of readers." - Michael Korda

"A good ad which is not run never produces sales." - Leo Burnett

"At some point, people may decide that the U.S. stock market has fallen enough. After all, the U.S. economy seems to be getting better, that what happens in China is not going to have that devastating effect on car sales here or how many people buy Apple phones or what happens at - how many people shop at Wal-Mart." - David Wessel

"I think 'pop' can be a bit of a dirty word. People are very cool in Australia. They don't like to admit that they like pop. There are people who listen to Triple J and cool stuff like that, but commercial radio is massive, and if you look at the sales of the pop songs every week, people love pop music." - Rickilee Coulter

"Bad sales managers push two buttons: 'more' and 'panic.' Great sales managers have one more button to push: the 'how'." - Chris Lytle

"If drink sales are falling off, we get the pilots to engineer a bit of turbulence. That usually spikes sales." - Michael O'Leary

"The only purpose of advertising is to make sales. It is profitable or unprofitable according to its actual sales." - Claude C Hopkins

"The difference between Sales and Marketing is that Marketing owns the message and Sales owns the relationship." - John Jantsch

"After-sales service is more important than assistance before sales. It is through such service that one gets permanent customers." - Konosuke Matsushita

"Sales Cure All. Know how your company will make money and how you will actually make sales." - Mark Cuban

"Because of television, sports columnists have become personalities. I went to a party [during Super Bowl week] and there must have been 500 people who wanted to talk to me because they saw me on TV. I've become sort of the Soupy Sales character on TV, and people do not really know me as a writer." - Woody Paige

"Real estate sales was perfect training for the experience to go into public life because you learn to accept rejection, learn to meet new people, learn to work with people and find common ground. That's the way you sell houses... that's also the way you win over constituency." - Johnny Isakson

"So right off, I'm going to have to say that a lot of people have been comparing Life Is Killing Me to World Coming Down, and I think a lot of those people equate art and sales figures, and I don't do that." - Josh Silver

"When you look at the number of stupid people who have succeeded in business, you clearly don't have to be very bright. Business is all about getting your sales up and your costs down, the bit in the middle is profit." - Michael O'Leary

"If you can get people who don't know about you to know about you (marketing), and you can convert them into customers (sales), and once they're customers, you can lead them from point A to point B, you can accomplish anything on the planet" - Michael Ellsberg

"You make a movie to entertain audiences. That's why you make a movie. The product sales is because people love the characters, and to me, that is a testament to how our movie has become so ingrained in family's homes all around the world and that's why I make movies." - John Lasseter

"I went door-to-door selling cable television subscriptions when I was in college. I found it incredibly difficult, doing that kind of sales work. I would have thought I'd be good at it, but I wasn't. It's so easy in acting. Everything falls into place when they write that you're a salesman. People just say yes, and then it's great." - Greg Kinnear

"Pick something you are interested in, and keep applying a business model that includes Internet Marketing to make it global, get thousands of leads and clients for free and make more sales. Remember you are building a business, as people make the internet appear to be push-button money, when in fact it is a medium to market your message!" - Tracy Repchuk

"We live in a consumer culture, and Black Friday is like the July 4th of that culture. It might be good not to live in this culture, but it terms of what we can do to make people safer at big sales, it seems more useful to try to avoid dangerous crowd conditions." - John Seabrook

"Everything in business is to get you face to face with people to respond to your offer. You have to realize the Internet is merely a door opening, and it has to be followed up by aggressive sales activity by the business owner." - Brian Tracy

"Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together." - Jewel Kilcher

"I'm not sure I was a typical head of a company. Most people that run big companies come out of sales and they come out of marketing and they're quite serious and they have MBA's from very good schools and things like that. I'm an accidental CEO, thank the Disney Company." - Michael Eisner

"You can't learn anything if you are doing all the talking. Sales people should always be developing their earQ, not their IQ. The only way to create a successful sale is to understand that knowledge from listening does not become power until it is used. And ideas without action are worthless." - Harvey Mackay

"When I started, DJs weren't in the media, electronic music wasn't in the sales charts and a DJ was the freak in the corner who provided the music while other people had fun. So to do it, you must have been a freak and a music lover." - Paul van Dyk

"You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free." - David Meerman Scott

"We have our own internal version of Klout. We do rate people in this way - their effectiveness on social media. Tying social into a performance measurement works. The productivity of a sales who has an effective social media presence is 3x an employee who is not active on the web." - Sandy Carter

"Like it or not, people tend to buy paintings to match their drapes, couch or carpet. I know you want them to be so overwhelmed with your skills they can't resist hauling your art home. These three factors are what dictate most art sales." - Jack White

"I worked a telemarketing job. I always worked those because I always knew how to talk to people and I always knew how to sell because my father was a salesman. He used to sell vacuum cleaners, payroll services to companies, so that was natural for me to go into sales." - Kanye West

"Ads are not written to entertain. When they do, those entertainment seekers rare little likely to be the people whom you want. This is one of the greatest advertising faults. Ad writers abandon their part. They forgot they are salesmen and try to be performers. Instead of sales, they seek applause" - Claude C Hopkins

"The worst thing that ever happened to writing is that it became a business, The purpose of business is to make money, and to achieve that end it is necessary to please as many people as possible, to amuse them, to entertain them - in short, to do everything that will help increase the volume of sales." - Dagobert D. Runes

"The United States and Europe are in a state of debt deflation, where people and businesses have to pay banks instead of spending their income on goods and services. So markets shrink, sales and profits fall, and the stock market turns down." - Michael Hudson

"You might want to keep trying to rise, using a path that builds on your natural strengths: sales, analysis, managing people, whatever, and keep asking for honest feedback. When you reach the point at which it feels clear you've topped out, revise your job description or take a step back. Up is not the only way." - Marty Nemko

"We've incentivized people in the past to maybe turn their vehicles over, you know sooner rather than later. And in the United States with the squeeze on discretionary income and credit that even as the economy comes back there's probably more of a chance than not that it'll be a slower recovery on auto sales." - Alan Mulally

"I am impressed when I go on the internet and see a lot of young people who've been influenced by the books, or I meet someone who tells me how it has changed their life. To me, that is much more real than sales figures." - Robert Greene

"A picture of me as this super affable sales guy gets painted, but in actuality, I'm pretty driven by hard work and love working with teams. What people discount is, I grew up in a very small blue-collar town in Massachusetts and have basically scrapped my way career wise." - Tim Armstrong

"Everything that works in sales has been done already. Just keep track of the crap that you buy, or the awesome stuff that you buy, and decide what was the trigger, and then just sell to people like you. It's really that easy - and that's what I do." - Tim Ferriss

"Obviously it makes a difference if an author has a public online profile of some sort, even just down to the level of having a moderately popular blog. Most books sell 5, 10, or 15 thousand copies. Most are midlist books. With those people, even a modest online presence can make a difference in sales." - Patrick Nielsen Hayden

"Even though the popularity and the fanbase is much much greater, and more people have heard about me through things like the Grammys and the Ivors and touring and word of mouth, it doesn't reflect in the sales of the record and doesn't go into my pocket." - Imogen Heap

"I'm going to put a museum on my ranch and people keep saying, 'That's a huge idea.' Yeah, it's big, but not bigger than the average big movie. A hundred million dollars in the art world is a substantial amount of cash to do anything. That's maybe a big gallery's total sales for a given year." - Val Kilmer

"Now, McDonald's is a very good indicator of the global economy. If McDonald's doesn't increase its sales, it tells you that the monetary policies have largely failed in the sense that prices are going up more than disposable income, and so people have less purchasing power." - Marc Faber

"Millions and millions of people don't pay an income tax, because they don't earn enough to pay on one, but you pay a land tax whether it ever did or ever will earn you a penny. You should pay on things that you buy outside of bare necessities. I think this sales tax is the best tax we have had in years." - Will Rogers

"In an era when party fundraising is badly tainted, dinners are a really good way of raising cash for campaigning. Lots of people giving very small amounts of money through ticket sales and raffle prizes: yes, it's much harder work than big donations, but I think it's a more democratic and transparent way of fundraising." - Lucy Powell

"I have an unusual hobby: I collect pictures of people I don't know. It started when I was a kid growing up in South Florida, the land of junk stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as a kind of coping mechanism." - Ransom Riggs

"Many European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, and New Zealand, have adopted legislation that creates a 'public lending right', where the government recognises that enabling hundreds of people to read a single copy of a book provides a public good, but that doing so is likely to reduce sales of the book." - Peter Singer

"Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together." - Jewel

"The reason I quit being a sales manager over twenty years now is because I hate elevator pitches. I want to write stories and show people what's in them when they read them, not tell them all about it ahead of time." - Kurt Busiek

"CDs are clearly dying out, and it's going to be moving to an all-digital format. Along with it, you raise this interactivity with the music. I feel that it's not stealing sales from anyone; it's turning people on to the music." - Girl Talk

"Sales managers should track the number of first meetings with "right fit" prospects a sales person is engaged in on a monthly basis...This metric alone will serve as a powerful, early-warning system to sales performance." - Adrian Davis

"Selling is a person-to-person business. You cannot send the sales manual out to make the sale. Sales manuals have no legs and no voice." - Jim Rohn

"Clothing sales plummet, rent delinquencies mount and even grocery sales shrink as gamblers, having tapped out their entertainment budgets, dip into dollars set aside for necessities" - John Warren Kindt

"Every single person in every single company is either in sales or affects sales. Every single person in every single company is either in service or affects service." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"'Government gets things right' does not encourage sales. 'Government makes another blunder' does encourage sales, so there's a commercial imperative that pushes sensationalism." - John Major



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