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How Do I Choose the Best Free Sales Training?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 September 2014
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There are many different places where you may find free sales training, including online, at your local college, or through on the job training, and the right option for you will depend on your current skill level and what you need to learn. You may also consider reading books on effective sales. These can easily be checked out from your local library. Seminars or webinars as well as in-person conferences may also be offered by certain organizations from time to time. The training you need will depend largely on your current skills and the types of skills you need to learn.

One good place you can look for free sales training is online. Use a search engine to look for webinars, articles, sales blogs, and chats on effective sales methods. Although these options probably won't give you extensive training, they will offer you effective tips and tricks for getting started and making your first sales. If you are already involved in sales, you can still find value in these sources because they often contain new or clever ways of selling that you may not have thought of.

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Some colleges also offer free sales training courses. Again, these will likely not be extensive if you have no existing knowledge of effective sales techniques, but many reputable colleges have classes in specific areas of sales. These can be found through education portals or you can search using the term "free online sales classes" to see what you come up with. If you have limited time or don't have reliable transportation, taking an online college course may be the best option.

When choosing between different free sales training courses you should primarily consider the way you learn best and the types of skills you need to learn. An online college course may be the best option if you want to brush up or learn about something very specific, but attending a free seminar or webinar held by a sales professional may work better if you are a beginner. Check out books from your local library as well, since there are probably many extensive guides on good sales practices.

Perhaps the best free sales training will occur on the job. Each company you work for will probably have its own methods and ideas in place for effectively selling merchandise, and you will learn these skills as you work. This will allow you to engage with actual customers to see for yourself what works and what doesn't work. Different products will require different sales tactics in many ways, so learning while doing is an ideal approach to many sales ventures.

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