Small Business Diva

March 12, 2008

Succeeding in Sales and in Life

Filed under: Words of Wisdom & Inspiration — smallbusinessdiva @ 2:49 pm
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Here’s a quote that I really like:

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important’. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”
Mary Kay Ash

That reminded me of something my father told me when I was about 10 years old. We were at a restaurant having dinner when this man, a client of my Dad’s, walked over and began talking. My older sister and I thought the conversation was so boring and hoped he would soon leave so we could continue chatting about our day. This man stayed for about 15 minutes (although when you’re 10 years old, that seems like hours!)

Once he had left and was out of ear-shot, Dad apologised to us for having spent so long talking with this very boring person. My father went on to explain that the man was a bit of a loner, and just liked to talk for the company. He then said that no matter who we are speaking with, we must remember that every person we meet knows something that we don’t. EVERY BODY is worth listening to.

Throughout life, I’ve met several people who haven’t appeared very interesting on the surface but whom, with time and ‘listening’, I have learnt a lot and sometimes have become good friends with them.

Here’s to making everyone feel important, and to your business success…


  1. Too right Donna-Marie, a great lesson for life and business. What a great example set by your Dad.

    Here’s to treasurers
    Admin Bandit

    Comment by adminbandit — March 13, 2008 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  2. […] March 2008 by adminbandit I just read a great post on Small Business Diva blog discussing the value of good listening. Over the years I’ve had training in active listening […]

    Pingback by Good listening « Adminbandit’s Weblog — March 13, 2008 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  3. That is pretty insightful.

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    Comment by doyouneedawebsite — March 14, 2008 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  4. […] just found this quote in the Small Business Diva blog and I  really like […]

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