Training Tuesday: Stress Management to Improve Success
Selling offers more highs and lows than most other professions. Most salespeople suffer through periods of stress that are direct results of their sales jobs, but salespeople who succeed in the long run never let disappointments get the best of them. They know rejection goes with the territory and learn not to take it personally and instead, they view mistakes and failures as lessons that will help them improve. On the other hand, some very promising sales careers have died premature deaths due to stress. Stress sometimes causes sales people to lose confidence and then fill their day with nonessential activities and hide from their customers or prospects. We’re also faced with lots of rejection on our daily search for success. If you dwell on the negatives, they’ll bury you. You have to lighten up and look for ways to lessen the stress caused by your job.
Below are our top 10 tips to reduce stress:
1. Focus. Focus on what’s truly stressful to you about a situation and why – the idea being that understanding the stress lessens it and gives you some control over it.
2. Put stressful situations in perspective.
3. Postpone thinking about problems until an appropriate time. Successful people learn how to compartmentalize their thinking.
4. Take a deep breath. Size up stressful situations and decide which are worth worrying about.
5. Take vacations and occasional time off.
6. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.
7. Talk to others about job pressures.
8. Expect the unexpected. Allow time and reserve energy to deal with the inevitable stressful events that occur daily.
9. Do something for yourself.
10. Volunteer or do something in the community that is rewarding to you.
Check back next week for more sales training and tips.