I'm making this thread with the purpose of collecting what I learn and share that knowledge as I learn. Just a few weeks ago I got a job as a door-to-door salesperson, this Monday was my first day on the field. Here is how this thread will work: - This is NOT a ranting thread. I'm not doing this for sympathy or pats on the back. - It's NOT a bragging thread either. I'm not going to post about every sale I get, only the ones that bring knowledge - I won't be giving places, addresses or names - Anyone who reads can make an input about the things I'll write about - The anecdotes that will pops up will only serve as examples to illustrate what I've learned. ~~~~~~~~ What I first learned was that working sales can make the most harmless-looking person seem scary. There was one woman who literally fled inside with a look of fear once I had introduced myself. Once you become a salesperson you literally lose your identity, they are far less willing to show care towards a salesperson on their door than a stranger. It even goes to the point where you become an acceptable target for ire. One of the guys who scolded/yelled at me actually made sure to close the door behind him before ranting about how much of a nuisance we were. I hardly got in a word while he was standing there (hotdog in his hand the whole time I might add) talking about how we who work sales were horrible for reaching out so often while he was struggling with his economy. (They were apparently struggling financially, not sure if the wife knows or not, either way he didn't want the kid and possibly here to witness what he said and did) You don't need to raise your voice to yell at someone. Yes, I felt the anger quite keenly. Thank you for the ire. There are those cases that a person who will show consideration towards you, but only if you show that something is visibly wrong. You can stand there, smiling because you have to, being cold and wet and they will close the door on you. Though if you happen to still be feeling the hurt (yes, I admit that I cried) from the first unjustified anger aimed at you then you will be sympathetic enough to get understanding and a paper towel for your troubles. Most importantly: People are still able to like you. They just need to find you likable first, which means you need to seem similar to them. ~~~~~~~~ These are the things my first day taught me. Updates will arrive as I gain a stronger insight into people from the point of a salesperson.