The Power of Creative Selling EARL PREVETTE
"This book is for every person who has chosen salesmanship as career and livelihood. It teaches basically everything you need to become a successful salesman and how to make it a fulfilling craft"
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. I STUBBED MY TOE 1
How my Hundred-Thousand-Dollar Dream Came True 3. How
an Idea Gave Me Faith 4. How I Converted Faith into Results
5. The Essentials of a Good Sales Plan 6. A Lesson from the
Actor 7. A Sales Plan Gets Results 7.
2. YOUR PLACE IN OUR ECONOMY 9
The Need for Creative Selling 10. How to Overcome Negative
Thinking 11. How Courage Gives You Power 12. How to Make
Your Effort Pay Off 13.
3. How TO ATTRACT THE PROSPECT .14
How to Attract the Prospect's Interest 15. How to Use the Law
of Attraction to Make Sales 16. The Importance of Knowing
Yourself 17. The Three Sources of Sales 17. Your Prospect Has
Three Main Interests 18. The Three Advantages Your Prospect
Desires 18. You Have to Give in Order to Get 19. The Power of
Creative Selling Lies in You 20. How to Turn Your Creative
Power into Cash 21.
4. How TO CREATE A SALE ..22
A Good Sales Plan Can Create a Market 23. Gain Your Pros-
pect's Interest by Showing Interest in Him 24. You Must Plant
Ideas to Harvest Sales 25. Get the Facts, Then Study Your
Prospect 26. How to Present Your Sales Plan 27. The Impor-
tance of the Right Word in the Right Place 29. How to Build
Your Sales Plan Scientifically 30. The Power of Thought
5. WHY THE PROSPECT BUYS .32
Anticipate Your Prospect's Questions 33. The Five Scientific
Reasons Why a Prospect Buys 34. The Prospect Buys It Be-
cause He Needs It 35. The Prospect Buys It Because He Can
Use It 36. The Prospect Buys It Because It Adds to His Wealth
by Owning It 39. The Prospect Buys It Because It Will Satisfy
His Pride 40. The Prospect Buys It Because It Will Satisfy His
Caution 40. How to Use These Motives to Make Sales 43.
6. HOW TO TURN OBJECTIONS INTO SALES ... 44
How to Prove an Objection Is Groundless 45. Don't Sell the
Product, Sell Its Advantages 47. How Creative Thinking Turns
Objections into Sales 48. An Objection Is Often a Reason for
Buying in Disguise 50. How to Get Around an Objection 51.
The Importance of Constructive Suggestions 52. How Creative
Selling Will Increase Your Sales 54.
7. HOW TO PERFECT YOUR SALES PLAN .... 55
Repetition Will Make Your Sales Plan a Part of You 56. The
Importance of Conviction 57. The Key to More Sales 58. Per-
fecting Your Sales Plan Pays Off 59.
8. THE POWER THAT SELLS 61
The Power of Faith 62. The Two Kinds of Faith 63. How to
Discover Truth 64. The Infinite Range of Thought 65. How to
Discover Your Spiritual Power 66. Spiritual Power Can Change
the World 67. How to Realize Your Potentialities 68.
9. THE SCIENTIFIC TIME AND WAY TO CALL ON A
When to Contact Executives and Self-Employed Prospects 71.
When to Contact Professional Prospects 71. When to Call on
Other Employees 73. How to Make a Good First Impression
on the Prospect 74. What's in a Name?Plenty! 75. How to
Avoid Offending Prospects 76. The Importance of Courtesy 77.
Pleasing the Prospect Pays Off 78.
10. THE PHILOSOPHY OF SELLING 79
Take Stock of Yourself 80. A Philosophy of Selling 81. The
Importance of Wisdom 82. The Potentialities of Creative Sell-
ing 84. Apply the Philosophy and Get Results 85. Personal
and Financial Profit Await You 86.
11. How TO CLOSE A SALE 88
Closing the Salethe Final Step in Selling 89. Review Your
Sales Techniques 89. When to Close the Sale 91. Tested Clos-
ing Sentences 92. How to Close Sales Effectively 93.
12. How THE LAW OF AVERAGES CAN DOUBLE
YOUR SALES 95
What Is the Law of Averages? 96. How to Use the Law of
Averages 98. How the Law of Averages Works for You 100.
The Law of Averages Can Double Your Sales 102.
13. THE ACCUMULATED VALUE OF SALES EFFORT . 105
Keep a Complete Record of Your Sales Effort 106. Make Peri-
odical Reviews 107. Turn Your Accumulated Effort into Cash
108. Cash in on Your Investment 109.
14. THE MAGIC POWER OF PERSONALITY ................ 111
You Can Change Your Character 112. Analyze Your Present
Habits 113. Rely on Yourself 115. Develop the Spirit of Op-
timism 116. Keep Active 116. Take It Easy 117. How to
Develop Your Powers of Expression 118. How to Achieve
Clarity in Your Speech 120. Make the Power of Personality
Work for You 121.
15. How TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS 123
How to Make an Appointment 124. Make the Telephone Your
Junior Salesman 125. How the Telephone Can Increase Your
Sales 127. How to Use the Telephone Effectively 128. Selling
by Appointment Will Increase Your Prestige 129. Every Call is
Money in Your Pocket 130.
16. WATCH YOUR WORDS 132
The Importance of Your Vocabulary 133. How to Use Ket/
Words 134. It Pays to Know Your Words 138. How to Use
Words Effectively 139. How to Increase Your Word Power
141. How Word Power Will Mean Money in Your Pocket 141.
17. How TO TURN YOUR IMAGINATION INTO A
JUNIOR SALESMAN 143
How to Put Your Imagination to Work 144. Train Your Imagi-
nation to Visualize 145. Train Your Imagination to Think Up
Something 146. Train Your Imagination to Observe Children
148. Train Your Imagination to Ask Questions 150. Train Your
Imagination to Gather Ideas 151. How You Can "Get the
Breaks" 152. Make Your Imagination Your Junior Salesman
for Life 153.
18. How TO TURN HUNCHES INTO CUSTOMERS . . 154
The Importance of Instincts 155. How Intuition Can Help You
156. Where Do Hunches Come From? 157. How to Make
Your Spare Time Work for You 158. How Your Hunches Will
Increase Your Sales 160.
19. How TO GET CHARGED UP AND GO AHEAD . . 162
How to Assure Physical Health 163. Breathe in Plenty of Air
164. Discipline Yourself to Masticate Your Food Thoroughly
164. Drink Plenty of Water 165. Take Walks in the Sun-
shine 166. How to Have More Power 167. Develop a Positive
Attitude 168. Co-ordinate Your Thoughts and Ideas in Har-
mony 169. Be Inquisitive and Question Your Own Thoughts
169. Peep Inward Now and Then 170. Visualize with a Clear
Conception 170. How to Assure Spiritual Health 171.
20. THE SECRET POWER OF CHARM 174
Six Rules to Enhance Your Charm 175. The Rule of Adapta-
tion 175. The Rule of Preparation 176. The Rule of Interest
176. The Rule of Praise 177. The Rule of Tolerance 179. The
Rule of Natural Tendencies 179.
21. A LETTER HE WILL REMEMBER 181
How a Good Letter Is Constructed 183. How to Write Effec-
tive Business Letters 185. How Letters Can Increase Your
22. TAKE THE BRAKES OFF 191
Learn from the Sermon on the Mount 191. A Positive Formula
for Relaxation 193. The Importance of Prayer 195. How Re-
laxation Will Add to Your Selling Power 196. Relax, and
Watch Your Sales Climb 198.
23. You LIVE IN CLOVER 199
The Economic Strength of America 200. The Big Idea: More
and More Things for More and More People 202. The Future
Is Bright 204.
24. How THOUGHT AND LOVE DO IT 205
Every idea advanced in this book has one objective in view: your interest. Will it stimulate you? Will it instruct you? Will it inspire you? Will it increase your understanding? Will it contribute to your growth? Will it help you to be a bigger man and a better salesman?
Creative selling is both a science and an art. The science teaches you what to do, and the art teaches you how to do it. Creative selling is the ability and art of increasing the satisfaction of the prospect by convincing him that the thing you want him to buy will best fulfill his needs and desires.
In fact, it is creating a want that did not exist before. Creative selling is an individual accomplishment. It embraces you and the power within you to think and to create. These qualities and attributes are individual, and no one but
you can develop them.
Therefore, my purpose is to help you to develop them by drawing on the latent forces within you. During the past 42 years it has been my good fortune to
talk to thousands of people in all kinds of business, in all walks of life, in all kinds of places, and under all conditions.
In that time, I have sold both tangibles and intangibles by every conceivable selling method. I have been able to combine first-hand knowledge with experience and to make a first-hand study of the actions and reactions of people. I have studied their behavior, and this has given me an insight into their temperaments, dispositions, ambitions, aspirations, attitudes, likes, dislikes, wants, and desires. Combining all this information, I have incorporated the best parts of it in this book.
The Power of Creative Selling is more than a book. It is an entirely new plan of selling, setting forth proven methods for creating more sales, earning a larger income, and enjoying more peace of mind. It is not the work of a theorist in an Ivory Tower, but of a stern realist who has encountered all the problems and heartaches that you are encountering, and who has solved many of the situations that are perplexing you at this very moment.
In my years of experience, combined with reading, analyzing, and researching, I have learned what is necessary to influence people to buyplus what it takes to keep them as friends.
It is impossible to put in the Introduction the many things this book can do for you. To do so would be to incorporate the context itself, because every page has a message. If you will read what follows and apply to your own life the powerful principles set forth, you will have a workable plan of creative selling that will really get results and enable you to sell anything.
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