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锘? Joe Girard was a car salesman. During his selling career he sold 13 Green Bay Packers Jersey ,001 cars, all of them at retail. And, all of them one car at a time...no fleet sales, no multiple sales, and no wholesale sales. He personally sold more cars during his career than most dealerships sell in their lifetime.
During the years 1963 to 1977, Joe Girard sold more cars on a one-on-one basis than anyone else in the world. On his best day he sold 18 automobiles. His best month, he recorded 174 sales. His best year...a total of 1425 vehicles. All in all, he averaged about 6 retail sales per day. An amazing accomplishment!
All of Joe's sales have been certified by "The Guinness Book of World Records" and the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche. Today, his record remains unbroken. Joe Girard was inducted into the "Automotive Hall of Fame" on August 7 Ty Montgomery Jersey , 2001.
Just as a little background, Joe Girard was born in a Detroit ghetto in 1927. He shined shoes, delivered papers for the Detroit Free Press, washed dishes, acted as a delivery boy, and assembled stoves.
Then one day in 1963 at the age of 35, Joe Girard got a job selling automobiles for a Detroit car dealership. With a telephone, a phone book, a lonely desk tucked away in a vacant corner of the dealership Tim Masthay Jersey , Joe's career began. It was January, a traditionally slow month and the manager was reluctant to hire him. Joe had to actually beg him for the job.
By the end of business his first day, Joe Girard sold his first automobile. He had to borrow $10 from his manager so that he could take some groceries home for his family. During his second month, Joe sold 18 cars and trucks.
Just when Joe was feeling good about himself, he was fired for being too aggressive. Some of the other salesman had complained to the owner of the dealership.
Knowing he could sell cars, and a determination to succeed, Joe had no problem finding employment with Merollis Chevrolet in Eastpointe Michigan, and the most amazing sales record in history had its beginning.
This is the breakdown of what he sold:
1963 - 267 cars and trucks
1964 - 307 cars and trucks
1965 - 343 cars and trucks
1966 - 614 cars
1967 - 667 cars
1968 - 708 cars
1969 - 764 cars
1970 - 843 cars
1971 - 980 cars
1972 - 1208 cars
1973 - 1425 cars (record year)
1974 - 1376 cars
1975 - 1360 cars
1976 - Over 1200 cars
1977 - Over 1200 cars
If you don't think this is significant, remember these were actual sales T.J. Lang Jersey , not deals or giveaways. Second, Joe was the number one salesman in the country every year from 1967 to 1977. The magnitude of that feat almost defies description. And third, despite the fact that there were two recessions during his first eleven years, he sold more cars every year than he did the previous year.
It's told that on Saturday mornings, a line of people would form at the entrance of Merollis Chevrolet long before the scheduled opening. Everyone was waiting for Joe Girard to come to work and they wanted to talk to him about buying a car. Every one of them rebuffed offers of help from co-workers. They only wanted to talk to Joe, no one else would do. Over a period of fifteen years he averaged over 900 cars each and every year.
On January 1, 1978, Joe Girard retired from selling cars to focus on writing, teaching and motivating. His works include:
"How to Sell Anything to Anybody Sean Richardson Jersey ,"
"How to Sell Yourself,"
"How to Close Every Sale," and
"Mastering Your Way to the Top."
Stories abound about how Joe Girard "originated" his business. One of which details the fact that he was an avid Detroit Lions fan and a season ticket holder. He always opted for a seat in the upper deck so that when the Lions scored, he threw a hand full of business cards over the railing to the football fans below. He used both sides of his business card and always offered some type of "freebie" if they looked him up within the next week.
If you try this, be careful of your local littering laws. However, using both sides of a business card always makes sense.
At this point you're probably asking...OK, how did he really do it? Well, the answer is so simple you'll immediately wonder why you're not doing it too. Then again...maybe you are. Here's the answer:
Joe Girard made it a point to capture and record the contact information of every person he met or talked to. Then over the months ahead, and for each and every month thereafter Sam Shields Jersey , he sent each one of them a card. He sent the obvious cards for all of the major holidays. But he also sent birthday and anniversary cards. He sent Fourth of July, Groundhog Day, and Washington and Lincoln Birthday cards. Everyone Joe knew received a card each month and two in December because it was Christmas.
He sent the cards with a simple handwritten note and his signature on the inside. It read:
"I like you - Joe Girard"
I know what you're thinking...if someone did that today, they would probably be arrested for stalking. Yes, things have changed drastically since the 60's and 70's, but the basic idea has not.
Joe Girard simply did what all of us in the Mortgage Business should be doing...building and maintaining a contact list, a database, a mailing list, or whatever you want to call it. Goodness Sam Barrington Jersey , you can even call it Tom's list if you want...I won't object.
With cards arriving every month, Joe's contacts almost considered him a member of the family. When they thought of a "new car" they immediately thought of Joe Girard.
And, that's exactly what should happen when your contacts think of a mortgage. They should think of you...not the bank at the Nutrients for Health Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are o.