Identifying your breed can help you to better understand your sales process, so that you may set up your sales pitches to play to your strengths.
Here are brief descriptions of each of the breeds (excerpts from Singer's book SalesDogs.)
Pit Bull: The most aggressive and probably the most stereotyped salesperson is the Pit Bull (this breed is mostly responsible for people's acquired distaste of used-car lots!) They will attack anything that has even the remotest scent of "Eau de Prospect."
Golden Retriever: This breed is everyone's favorite. These slobbering, goo-goo-eyed, shaggy balls of love will do anything for someone who is willing to pet them. They are the salespeople who sit attentively panting with big smiles on their jowls waiting for the next command from their prospects.
Poodle: On the more sophisticated side of sales, there is the Poodle. They are highly intelligent, albeit a bit highly strung, and very conscious of "looking mah-ve-lous!" Whether it's reality-based, or only in their heads, these salespeople live and thrive in a world of flash and class. They judge books by their covers and prospects by their cars and spend more time at the mall then they do at their desks.
Chihuahua: These SalesDogs are usually incredibly bright. They are technical wizards and are probably the most intense of all of the breeds. Chihuahua SalesDogs have to be careful when they get excited because unchecked they may talk continuously, and their high-pitched "yipping" can give everyone a headache.
Basset Hound: With his wrinkled brow and drooping ears the Basset is hard to resist. This sad-eyed companion will stick by you through thick and thin. You could try to chase this dog away, scold and threaten him, but he'd just roll over and take it. Minutes later he'd come cowering back looking at you with those droopy eyes asking for forgiveness. Bassets are never ruffled, never stressed; they are constant and dependable.
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After you've established your breed check out Singer's book SalesDogs for more about your strengths and weaknesses, plus tips on how to increase your sales.