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The Top 10 Things Great Salespeople Don’t Do

Many articles have been written about what great Salespeople do.  In our discussions with our sales training partners in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto we often approach it the other way by revealing what Great Salespeople don’t do.  Here are the 10 Top Things that come to mind.  Do you have any suggestions on additions?  Comment below or share this article and you’ll be entered in a draw to win our online course –  The Sales Skills Incubator valued at $199.


Things that Great Salespeople Don’t Do


  1. Great Salespeople don’t TALK TOO MUCH and beat their chest about their great company and amazing product. They learn to SHUT UP and let the client talk to learn more about his or her needs and how to best help them.


  1. They don’t start a sales call with a presentation making claims and promises with no regard to the relevance to the decision maker. They ask great questions – the ones that other Salespeople don’t think of.  They ask questions to understand their buyer’s situation, challenges and opportunities to ensure everyone is using their time wisely.


  1. They don’t ask stupid questions that could’ve been answered by doing 20 minutes of research via websites, LinkedIn and other online resources. Great Salespeople know that money and time are two commodities that are always in short supply for buyers.


  1. They don’t have an agenda to sell everything to everyone. They focus on the potential match of their product or service to the right buyer who needs to solve a problem or maximize an opportunity.


  1. Great Salespeople don’t over-commit or stretch the truth to get the business. They are straight shooters and feel that their sincerity and authenticity to represent their client’s needs are the basis of their relationships.


  1. They don’t feel that their company’s needs come before their clients. Without clients, Salespeople would be useless to their employer.  Great Sales Managers know this and appreciate Salespeople who do their best to represent their client’s interests first and foremost.


  1. Great Salespeople don’t forget to diarize the required follow-up with clients. Talking too much and not following up are the two biggest mistakes made by most Salespeople.  Great Salespeople have the self-discipline to record follow-up and do it on time.


  1. Great Salespeople don’t avoid tough and direct conversations with buyers. They feel that their job is to tell clients what they need to hear – not what they want to hear even if it won’t be well received.


  1. Great Salespeople don’t try to go around the Gatekeeper. They respect their role and work hard to gain their favor.  Gatekeepers are decision makers – they decide to help you or bury you in your efforts to connect with buyers.


  1. They don’t use tacky, dated closing lines to push buyers into making a sale. They know that being pushy is a turnoff and find ways to encourage buyers to develop a sense of urgency to take action.


What do you think?  If you’re a salesperson, sales manager, business owner or a buyer, let us know what you think Great Salespeople don’t do.  Please use the section below to give us your opinion.  Comment below or share this article and we’ll make a draw on March 1, 2019 for one lucky winner to receive our online sales training course – The Sales Skills Incubator valued at $199.  It’s a comprehensive 8-hour course for B2B and B2C Salespeople with a downloadable workbook for you to use practically in selling your product or service.  Check out the free trial of the course with the link above.

If you’re a reader, feel free to get acquainted with our book SHUT UP!  Stop Talking and Start Making Money available on Amazon.  We will share everyone’s ideas in a future article.  Thanks for your contribution!



Dave Warawa – PROSALESGUY 


4 thoughts on “The Top 10 Things Great Salespeople Don’t Do

  1. Love it!
    I great reminder for New and Experienced reps alike.

  2. Greg on February 5th, 2019 at 2:19 pm
  3. Thanks for the comment, Greg! Everyone one of us has made some of these mistakes. If we can learn to avoid the ones that are most annoying to decision makers, we stand a better chance of consideration. I’d love to hear of any additions you might have to the Top 10 Things That Great Salespeople Don’t Do.

  4. David Warawa on February 5th, 2019 at 3:01 pm

  6. Tom Easy on February 25th, 2019 at 10:13 am
  7. Glad you liked it, Tom! Thanks for the feedback.

  8. Dave Warawa PROSALESGUY on February 25th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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