The 'professional' salesperson knows the proper use of Body Language as a client reception signal and a manipulation tool. Everyone knows that crossing ones arms, or legs when sitting, probably means resistance. Have you ever tried to prove your point during an argument and the recipient stands there with folded arms? What does this body language tell you? Yes, of course... time to regroup and change strategy.
In selling it's the same. If you're standing there with arms folded during a salesperson's presentation that salesperson will have to regroup and come at you with another strategy. If this has happened, the salesperson did not spend the time necessary to create a good rapport. During a sales meeting when asked 'how long does it take to set up a good rapport with an in-house client?' I said about 20 minutes. Wrong! Leave me a comment if you know the correct answer.
Okay, so the professional salesperson watches your body language for signs of reception. He or she notes your eyes, your hands, your arms, your shoulders and so on. Now notice the body language of the salesperson. Do you know that he or she receives training on how to mirror 'your' body language?
It's a psychological trap that we fall into. We relax around the person we're interacting with when that person acts like us. Take note of this 'professional ploy the next time you're in the sales arena. When the salesperson reflects your body language you are being softened up for the 'close.' Which means you may be moments away from buying something you may later regret.
My next post will discuss how to use Body Language to your advantage.
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The definition of a chump:
a gullible person, a sucker; someone easily taken advantage of, the target of a scam.
Learn from a former salesperson and trainer how salespeople drive sales. Learn how to keep more money in your pocket where it belongs! There are two ends of every sales stick! One end cries 'chump.' The other end boasts 'champ.' I know which end of the stick I want to be. How about you?