Would You Like Fries With That?

I’ve never considered myself much of a ‘Sales’ woman. I’m not sure whether I was brought up to not trust sales people, or whether it comes from watching Harry Wormwood selling dodgy cars to the likes of Miss Trunchbull. The art of manipulation or the thought of being forced into purchasing something I didn’t particularly want made me nervous. I don’t want to be an Eskimo feeling forced into buying ice.
I was always of the opinion that if someone wants something they will buy it, if not, well they won’t and it’s no skin off anyone’s nose (apart from maybe the person trying to make the sale). However, in recent times I have realised that I do have the ability to sell things…and scarily enough…and I kind of don’t know if I like admitting it…I’m rather good at it. Now some of you might think – but Mel…you were in the debating team in high school, of course you can spin shite. My own Mother was astounded about the amount of Hogswash I would put into a persuasive essay.
I’ve come to the realisation that I have spent my whole adult career ‘selling’ things to people without even realising that was what I was doing! I spent 13 years working in Child Care Centres and Kindergartens. During my time I did many tours for prospective families, without consciously knowing it, taking families through the Centre and pointing out all of its highlights, was in fact ‘selling’ the service that we provided. I loved the Centres that I worked in so I was able to speak about the service that was provided in such a positive and enthusiastic light that it was infectious and encouraged families to return. Is that manipulative? I think not. If I didn’t believe in where I was working it would make the whole idea of selling the place difficult, almost impossible, but because I legitimately believed in those places it made it easier to make other people fall in love with it too.
I’m able to sell the gym that I go to. Why? Because I love it! I love everything about it! I’m coming up to my 2 year anniversary of joining the Gym and I still bang on about how good it is to anyone who will listen. It would be very difficult to sell just any gym to someone if I hadn’t stepped foot in it. Dragging your butt out of bed at 5am to go to the gym on a regular basis says something in itself – if I didn’t see results, if I didn’t feel physically or emotionally better, if I didn’t love the fact that it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner to exercise or an athlete to work out there, or the community feel that radiates from every aspect of the place, I wouldn’t be getting up that early now would I? I think not!
Now I have my own business, and of course there is an element of Sales. If you want people to come to you, you have to sell yourself. I am aware that I am not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that is totally fine and understandable. It comes with the territory. Again, if I didn’t believe in the benefits of massage and how they can assist so many people, it would be impossible to sell.
The moral of this story friends? If you are passionate about something, you can sell it. Find your passion – what makes you smile? What gets you excited? What do you like to talk about a lot? What do you find yourself doing in your spare time? You never know, you might encourage someone to start a hobby because of the love and enthusiasm you spoke about it with.
Have you got a hidden talent that you didn’t realise you had?
Mindful Mel xo

Author: mabarberlissa

Hi and welcome to my blog! The aim of my blog is to share some of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings about mindfulness, while providing strategies on what gets me by in this ever changing, ever moving world! I hope that my readers gain something out of the entries as well.

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