Improving Sales by Improving Yourself
Hi, my name is Inga Chamberlain and I am a salesperson.
Ever feel like you’re confessing to a terrible character flaw when you say what it is you do for a living? Has anyone but me noticed that “sales” has become a dirty word?
I still remember in the 80’s when I worked as an executive recruiter. During sales cold phone calls, I was routinely hung up on. Obviously this is demoralizing to someone in sales. I got really sick of feeling badly and like I was bothering people by calling them. I realized my self esteem was part of the problem and I had limiting beliefs about myself and salespeople in general. This is how I found NLP. I decided to change myself instead of changing careers and it worked! I not only continued in sales but started my own recruiting firm and for 10 years happily sold my service to a national market.
So how did NLP help me to change? First I worked on developing the self confidence that could stand up to those demoralizing phone calls. During this time I also worked on increasing my skill set to have better sales techniques . I used NLP to help me build rapport on the phone and close more effectively. But the main changes came from changing me. How I saw myself and my place in the world. I also used NLP and hypnosis to overcome a strong fear of public speaking so that I could make presentations more effectively. I then proceeded to change anything else that was holding me back and in the end also got rid of a fear of heights some general Anxiety and some left over trauma from childhood.
When I decided to leave the executive search industry to become a trainer , coach, speaker and hypnotherapist the transition was easy. I had already done all the ground work necessary to be successful in any field I might choose because I had increased my emotional intelligence or EQ as Daniel Goleman calls it. I had gotten rid of the things that hold most people back.
In my private practice in Atlanta , Georgia I work with many salespeople who want to improve their sales. We always start by using NLP and hypnosis to remove negative conditioning, beliefs and behaviors. Then we boost confidence levels and condition in new positive habits and behaviors. One of the most common problems with low performing salespeople is that they don’t like being in sales(or their perception of sales). By changing the way they see their career and themselves a salesperson can dramatically improve productivity and income. But even more important, they will feel good about themselves and their choice of career.