7 Motivational Stories for Sales People to Increase Sales

Selling something, anything is a skill. And it takes practice to make any sales pitch work!

Just like anything in life, there are good days, and they are bad days. If you know anyone who needs a little inspiration to help them make a sale, here are the best motivational stories for sales people that will give them a push in the right direction:

Amazing Motivational Stories for Sales People for Better Revenues

The Dog that Says Meow

One day, a sign appeared in an office window. It read: “Help wanted. Must type70 words a minute. Must be computer literate. Must be bilingual. An equal opportunity employer.”

A dog ambling down the street saw the sign, walked in and applied for the job.

The office manager said, “I can’t hire a dog for this job.” The dog pointed to the line: “An equal opportunity employer.”

The manager said, “Take this letter and type it.”

The dog went off to the typewriter and returned a minute later with the finished letter entirely typed.

So the manager said, “Here’s a problem. Write a computer program for it and run it.”

Fifteen minutes later, the dog came back with the correct answer. The manager still wasn’t convinced. “But I can’t hire a dog for this position,” he said. “You’ve got to be bilingual.”

The dog looked up at the manager and replied, “Meow.”

Moral of the Story

If you have what it takes to make it, nothing is impossible. The dog in the story is not just qualified for the job; he is also motivated to succeed. He knows that he’s the perfect person – or canine, for that matter – for the job and he’s not going to let anyone bag the job. He didn’t let the fact that he’s a dog get in the way of reaching his goals. He’s a go-getter, willing to go out there and sell his skills to bag his dream job, as one should.

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Selling is no doubt a hard job, but with the right mindset and a ton of hard work, you can achieve your goals! Regardless if the dog was able to bag the job or not, he’s one committed pooch.

Excuses, Not an Answer

After landing his invasion forces on the shores of some country, the sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes would immediately burn his boats. He was sending his army a message: “We can’t turn back. Either we succeed here, or we die here.”

Moral of the Story

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Excuses are not an option. Let’s face it, when things don’t go our way, most of us tend to blame it on everyone or everything to make ourselves feel better. It’s okay if things did not pan out the way you envisioned but putting the blame on others is a different story. The brave conquistador is not messing around, either he becomes successful, or he dies trying. He is committed to turning the situation around in his favor.

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Excuses are only for people who are unwilling to live up to whatever standards they have for themselves. If you’re not willing to put in the work, you simply cannot expect to accomplish great things. Instead of spending your energy complaining and blaming everyone for your failure, look for ways to get things done. Work around the problem, do not whine. No one likes hearing excuses; results are the only thing that matters.

Minister and Son

A son wants to play catch on a Friday evening with his dad. The dad, who is a minister, is tired and has to prepare his sermon for a church that week. To change the subject, he asks his son how school was that week. The son tells him that they learned about world geography and all the fabulous places to go.

Coincidentally as they are talking the dad notices on the back of the newspaper, there’s a picture of the world showing the continents. To buy himself some time so that he can write his sermon the dad suggests to his son that he cut up the picture of the world and that the son then pieces it back together to practice his world geography.

Dad says to the boy, “Son, once you are finished we will play catch.” The dad thinks that this task will take a while and will allow him the necessary time to write his sermon.

Within ten minutes, the boy calls his dad to announce that he is finished. The dad is astonished. He asks his son “How did you do it?”

The son says, “I looked on back of that picture of the world, and I saw a picture of a person. I figure that if I could get the person right then, I could get the world right.”

The dad says to his son, “Let’s go play ball, by the way, you have given me my sermon for Sunday.”

Moral of the Story

Looking at things from a different perspective could help you resolve any problem you’re dealing with quickly and efficiently. The father in the story thought that maps are so confusing that the task he gave his son would take a while to complete. But the boy is much smarter, instead of focusing on the complex graphics on the front, he turned the picture to the other side, revealing a picture. Hence, it was much easier to piece together the image by putting together the picture from the back.

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Sometimes it takes a little creativity and ingenuity to deal with a problem but most of us would rather focus on the singular aspect of a dilemma to set things right. Thinking out of the box will help you simplify what looks like a complicated problem and find better solutions.

Old Fire Truck with Broken Brakes

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An Ohio gentleman whose oil well caught fire. He put out an all-points bulletin for assistance. To ensure a heavy response, the oil baron also offered a $30,000 reward to whoever could quench the flames. All the large firehouses from Newell, Chester, East Liverpool, Wellsville, Salineville, and Dillonville sent help. They dispatched their best companies, accompanied by their most modern fire-fighting equipment. However, not one of their trucks could get within 200 yards of the blaze. The heat was just too intense.

Finally, the Calcutta Township Volunteer Fire Department appeared on the scene. They had only one rickety truck equipped with a single ladder, two buckets of water, three buckets of sand, and a blanket. It didn’t even come with a hose.

When that old truck reached the point where all those other fire companies had stopped, its driver didn’t hesitate. He kept barreling ahead until he and his crew were on top of the blaze. Calcutta’s volunteers leaped out of the truck, threw the two buckets of water and three buckets of sand on the inferno, then beat the fire out with the blanket.

The oilman was so impressed by this display of courage; he gave the driver $30,000 in cash on the spot and asked, “What are you and your men going to do with all that money?”

The driver didn’t hesitate, replying, “The first thing we’re going to do is get those gosh darn brakes on that truck fixed!”

Moral of the Story

It takes courage and sacrifice to overcome the odds. In the story, other firehouses were not able to get near the blaze because it’s too hot. And when the going gets tough, they just wasted time in the sidelines, watching as the inferno spread all over the property. The old fire truck got past 200 yards of the blaze, effectively eliminating the fire and saving the day. Sure, the whole thing wouldn’t be possible had the truck’s brakes were working properly, but the results are what matters.

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The limitation is only an illusion that will only hold you back just as the other fire trucks in the story failed to get rid of the fire. Fortune befriends the bold, if you want to succeed in life, you have to take on any challenge full on.

Think Outside the Box

A golfer is standing at a beautiful par five holes at the St. Simon Island Golf Club. He hits a perfect approach shot. As the golfer walks up over a knoll in front of the green, he can’t find the ball. After further searching, he sees the ball has rolled into a paper bag on the side of the green. So what does he do?

Take a stroke and remove the ball from the bag.

Give it a good, old-fashioned whack.

Wait and hope the wind blows the bag away from the ball.

None of the above!

Instead, he takes out a match and burns the bag.

He’s an outside the box thinker.

Moral of the Story

Think outside the box! There are many ways to resolve a problem; it’s just a matter of looking at things from a different perspective to get things done. Most people deal with a certain problem the same way, regardless if there are much easier ways to get around the issue. Why? Because they’re used to doing things that way.

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The golfer in the story is not interested in solving conventional problems the conventional way. His creative streak allowed him to move forward with the littlest of effort.  Keeping an open mind is one way to overcome hurdles that keep you from achieving your goals.

Taking Time Off

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Over a period, all sea-going vessels accumulate barnacles. Barnacles are a marine organism which forms a hard shell attached to a ship’s surface, fouling the ship’s bottom. The accumulation of small individual barnacles on a ship’s bottom can add tons to the ship’s weight creating a tremendous drag. This reduces the ship’s efficiency and adds huge costs to the ship’s operation. At regular intervals, the ship must be drydocked to have the barnacles scraped off its bottom.

There is a species of barnacle, which requires no salt water for its growth and multiplication. It attaches itself to the bottom of salespeople creating a tremendous drag on sales. Sales then are dragged to a screeching halt. If they increase at all, it is with glacier-like slowness.

Professional salespeople, just like ships, must go into the dry dock from time to time to have the barnacles removed.

Moral of the Story

Most of us lead a fast-paced life. We do everything on a schedule, and we try to cram every possible activity in a single day. By the day’s end, we feel tired, restless, and miserable. And the work keeps coming!

Take some time off to get better results. Just like anything in life, we need to step back, take some time off, and recharge to get things done. If you don’t take a timeout, you’ll become miserable at work. Then your unhappiness will spread to other facets of your life, and this affects the people around you.

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A breather is not only beneficial to the mind but the body too. We all need a little break to come back stronger, better than ever before. Try it.  If you don’t, you’ll end up burning out.

Know Your Objective

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had an objective. It was to get back home to Kansas. That’s what she told the Scarecrow, the Tim Man, the Cowardly Lion and finally the Wizard himself. She knew what she wanted. The First Basic Principle of the 30-Second message is to have a clear-cut objective.

Moral of the Story

Never lose sight of your objectives. Why do you work so hard? Why are you trying to do everything you can to succeed? Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you probably have your priorities sorted out to accomplish your goal.

Some people spend all their lives working for something, but they never accomplish anything. These people live the rest of their lives in regret. They’re like lost sheep, unable to find their way home. Your objectives will serve as stepping stones to your success. By not losing sight of the reason why you’re working so hard, to begin with, you will achieve your life goals.

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Stories taken from The Next Level Consulting.

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