I’ve had the pleasure to work with, train, sell against, and sell with some of the best sales pros on both U.S. coasts.. and in Canada and the UK. But to come up with a list of the TOP sales professionals? Daunting.
A many-way tie in third place would be all of the “top” professionals in sales – guys and women who really know their stuff. They know how to sell – and they are the people I’ve commisurated with over the years, rejoiced with (when we won a big deal) and scratched my head with when we didn’t properly qualify an opportunity we later lost. You all know who you are out there… too many to name. You make a very healthy living as a professional seller – with no rerets. You make the word, “salesy” a positve.
In second place, I’d hold a multi-way tie for those who are not called professional “sellers” but who sell – and have sold some of the biggest deals and events in our history. Arnold, Governor of California – you were an actor and sold the people on choosing you to be their leader. George Foreman – you were a boxer and sold people on your love of great grilled food – and made millions in the process. Our best teachers in schools are selling kids on education every day. My music teacher, Mary (Ross) Lagerquist who sold me on playing the concert marimba. There are thousands of stories in this category – bottom line is that we all sell. It is admirable.
In first place, the man who stands out to me most over the years is Bill Porter. Bill lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been written about many times. A movie was made about Bill, starring William H. Macy. Bill was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been a sales representative for Watkins (now online) for many years. If you think you are having a tough day or week just read a bit about Bill and you may gain a new appreciation.
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