When I first got into the sales industry I was constantly bombarded by training, especially when it came to smiling. While I understood that concept at the time, it would be a few years later until I learned the importance of a smile and why you should pass it on. Today I would like to share with you some of those things that I have come to learn.
When I first entered the “professional” world, one of the first things I learned was to smile while talking to customers on the phone. This was done as it reflects through your voice and helps to comfort the customer on the other end of the phone. Smile while you dial was a popular phrase.
As my career progressed I came out from behind the phone and dove into the retail world. I quickly learned that just as it was important to smile when on the phone, it was even more important to do it in person. Smiling just has a way of easing any tensions between the sales rep and perspective clients.
This was my ever so innocent start down this path and learning just how powerful a smile can be. Over the years I have taken and adapted this into many areas of my life. A few years back though, I started doing what I jokingly called smile therapy.
This was something that I started doing a few years ago whenever I would find myself in a bad or grumpy mood. As soon as I came to that conscious realization I would stop and make myself smile for a whole minute (it’s not as easy as you would think either). By the end of that minute I always felt better.
I also began to share this technique with family and friends as well. At first many were very skeptical of it and perhaps just thought I was joking, but from time to time someone would come back and let me know that it worked for them too.
Now maybe there is some fancy all thought out “official’ smile therapy out there, but with mine it is a simple as making yourself smile. This in turn has a way of helping to change our mood into a more positive state.
In the book I am reading at the time of writing this article, I actually just stumbled across research that actually proves the point behind smile therapy. The book is called Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and towards the end of it he reviews research that does back up my idea.
Pass it On…
The longer I live here on Earth, the more I feel the need to pass a smile on whenever I can. I guess you could say that I just have something inside of me driving me to want to make the world a better and more positive place. With that in mind, the simplest way to get that started is with the passing on of a smile.
As I stated above I learned about smiling in my sales training and as I did so I also incorporated it into my personal life. I began to smile more often and not just while working, but all the time. It didn’t take long for me to notice how smiling affected those around me.
You see a smile is a lot like a yawn or laughter in the fact that it is contagious. Smiles just have this way of brightening our day and when confronted by one, it is really hard to not join in. Matter of fact, I think trying not to smile is probably one of the hardest things to actually accomplish. However, passing one on gives them a small dose of Smile Therapy to help them on their way.
I would also like to take a moment to strongly recommend that you always smile or return a smile to children. I believe that it is very important to do so to help encourage them to believe in the good in the world. Remember that children are highly susceptible to the world around them and it is important to be that positive role model for them.
Share Your Story
I would love to hear how a smile has affected your life or how you pass them on to others! Please leave a comment below and share your story. The more comments the more perspective we have and that allows for us all to form a better picture of what is going on.
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James W D