More about Andy Entwistle
Life has never been dull!
Physics was my forte. I loved it. Then I looked at making a career of it. Tricky.
As many qualified physicists do, I moved into electronics. Circuit design was not a life-long ambition either, so I moved over to the commercial side.
In 1986 I won my first field sales job as a Sales Engineer. With various moves over the years, and as many different titles (most involving marketing as well as sales), I became Director and Sales Manager of a technical company in Banbury. With these years of experience and success under my belt I took stock of my career and sales in general, with the following deductions and results:
In the 80s and 90s the prevalent practice was one of confrontational sales, or ‘pressure selling’ as it was known. Sales techniques tended to revolve around manipulative, even aggressive techniques that put both seller and buyer under huge pressure. ‘Management by Intimidation’ was rife and competition was fierce for each opportunity.
My approach was different. I realised that confrontational sales was much less likely to result in repeat business and would gain far fewer referrals. I always tried to build worthwhile business relationships and two-way loyalty with a more engaging and challenging, and, invariably, a more effective approach.
Becoming freelance in 2004 gave me the opportunity to do this without intervention. I made sure my approach was tried, tested and successful in the field. Three years later I formed Salient Sales & Training as I felt I had proved that my ‘best practice’ was better and far more effective than the other methods. Sadly, such aggressive sales and marketing techniques still exist and are perpetuated by programmes such as The Apprentice.