Selling is any transaction in which money is exchanged for a good or service. During a sales negotiation, the seller attempts to convince or “sell” the buyer on the benefits of their offer. If the buyer wishes to strike a deal, they will give the seller an agreed upon amount of money in exchange for the seller’s product/service. Put simply, selling is the act of persuading.
There are good and bad salespeople, but the act of selling is not defined by the seller’s success. Instead, “selling” is merely the attempt to sell a product or service for money, regardless of whether a deal is struck.
For example, when you walk into a department store, you’ll see dozens of aisles filled with products. You might only choose one item, but the store is trying to sell you everything in its inventory. Every display, discount, and salesperson is selling you something in that store.
Originally published Feb 13, 2018 6:30:00 AM, updated February 13 2018