How good is your charisma and body language when you meet or greet people? Attraction and repulsion is a universal law that governs our whole universe. When you meet a new person you can be instantly turned off or repulsed by them. It is much better there is more of an attraction when you greet a client or customer. Greeting the client correctly is as important as closing the sale. The reason this is so important is that when the clients or customers are real buyers and they do not want to acknowledge this at first, you must make an excellent impression on them so they will come back to you every time and the way to do that is to be a smile millionaire.
The contagious smile comes first of course. This does take some practice as it is a cardinal rule. When you greet a customer you must have a real smile; a contagious, million dollar smile on your face until it is second nature. You have to practice this without fail. Even if it means you have to stand in front of a mirror and push up the sides of your mouth every day for a few moments to practice. Use the mirror to check your style.
Do you want to know what you look like when you greet a customer? Or when you make a sales presentation in front of one? Let’s tweak your presentation in front of a mirror, so you can correct your faults and your bad habits. When you practice in front of a mirror you can fine tune your style, check if your posture is perfect, and if you like what you see. Your co-workers are not there to correct you in any way.
Only your boss will give you constructive criticism and you will not like hearing about your faults from your boss. Go in front of that mirror and be honest with yourself and see what your co-workers and customers notice about you every day. If you are having a trying day, you do not want to clean the floor with your long face.
Learn to smile from the heart. I am not saying that you should always smile like a clown or a Cheshire cat. That kind of smile doesn’t mean a thing, it is worthless. But a smile that comes from the soul communicates itself in your expression, in your appearance and it is sincere. Do not smile in a motionless, skillful way, when within, your thoughts are on other things. When you fake a smile, there is nothing within you to make the smile genuine.
Not many can refuse to accept a person who has a genuine smile when it is mirrored from the heart. In comparison, the designer jeans of today’s styles will not sell in stores unless they are distressed to the point of looking old and almost ragged. Manufacturers are now using lasers to achieve the used look. When you look at the results, it looks good on the surface but you know it is a fake. You do not want your face to look like designer jeans walking the sales floor with a smile so contrived. People can tell when something is a fake. I always get the feeling when I see a fake smile that I am being played.
This is where your enthusiasm comes in as you must be very upbeat and cheerful. I was taught at a very young age never to say to a client or customer, “can I help you.” If they wanted help they would call 911. In reality, the hungry salesperson wants to cut to the chase not to waste his precious time. He must then tweak “can I help you” in the correct manner. When I noticed customers walking in very fast as though they were on a mission, I already knew these were the real buyers. I always start off with them by saying, “Hi, what brings you in today?” or “can I get something for you?” I offer to get something when I feel the customer already knows what he or she wants.
Always greet a client or customer saying hi or hello. Or good morning, good afternoon, a contagious smile and correct body language. Never keep your hands in your pockets or your arms folded in front of you; do not lean or rest on a counter or other object if you are in retail. If the customer says, “I am just looking” you must give him your name and say, “if you have any questions please call me” or “I would appreciate it if you ask for me, I will be right over here.” I tell customers I speak with to ask for me and give them my name. You want to make your customers feel that by asking for you or calling you, they will get excellent service.
When you are very polite, your customers feel comfortable with you and will call you or ask for you every time they come in. This does work because if their first impression is good and they like you, they will ask for you. If you are wearing a name badge, point to it when you give a customer your name, so he can see your name as well as hear it. You must imprint your name in their memory banks. And when they need to call for you later they will have your name on the tip of their tongue. For if they forget your name, you did not make a strong enough impression on them and they can just go to another sales person. What you need is MORE