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Reflecting on ISPA 2017

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I had the honor of being selected to present at the ISPA 2017 conference on October 18 at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. My topic was “Introverts: The Secret of Increasing Retail Sales”

I had attended ISPA in 2013 as a blogger but it was my first time as a presenter.  Read More

The Question That (almost) All Spa Managers Secretly Hate

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Can you believe it’s almost the end of summer?

Back to school shopping, Labor Day cookouts and getting that last visit in to the beach are always big parts of our plans at this time of the year.

I’m excited because here in Bangkok, I’m preparing to speak at the annual ISPA2017conference in October. My topic is focused on introverts and retail selling. And then the thought hit me like a bolt of lightning. Read More

Introverts: The Secret of Increasing Retail Sales at ISPA2017

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Despite the disproportionate number of introverts in the spa industry, most retail sales training is still presented from a traditional perspective geared toward outgoing personalities. Join me at ISPA2017 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 18, 2017  8 – 9 AM. Read More

Every Spa Guest Has a Story

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When training spa therapists I’ll use story-telling to measure where they are with engagement, and recommendations for products and services. If you are a spa manager or director try presenting this case study to your staff. Read More

What I Discovered Teaching Spa Retail in China

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China is a spa and wellness boom town. According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) report, in 2016 China drove the biggest recent gains in wellness tourism revenues (300%+).

I recently returned from Shanghai, China to deliver my Increasing Your Retail Selling program to a spa team at a renowned Five-Star hotel. Read More

The Spa Retail Secret that Managers Should Heed

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This article from Vendhq.com provides one more reason to overlay your therapist’s spa product training with engagement training. Remember, if your team is not engaging well with your guests, they’re probably not up-selling your services or maximizing retail product sales.

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FIVE TIPS TO INCREASE SPA RETAIL SALES IN 2017

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When I consult with spa managers in the United States they often tell me that their number one problem is getting their staff to sell retail products. The past three years spent working in Asia has shown me that the same challenges exist.

Their solution has frequently been to increase product training, and to remind their staff more often how important selling is. This rarely fixes the problem because they are not addressing the root cause.

The spa industry has failed to recognize that most of its therapists are introverts by nature. They are quiet people who prefer the peaceful environment which so many spas offer. They work in subdued lighting. Customer interactions are mostly one on one. Because communication occurs largely through touch, the need to speak is kept to a minimum. This suits them just fine as introverts are not huge fans of small talk.

However, most therapists have nurturing spirits. They will bend over backwards to relieve someone’s pain. And as introverts they tend to be great listeners.

The good news is that listening well is at the heart of engagement. And engagement is the key to selling retail products.

For many therapists, customer engagement is initially very difficult. But once the stress and trepidation they experience from second guessing themselves is removed, they  become the retail superstars that they are meant to be. And it happens rapidly.

Here are some tips that may help you position your team for more success in increasing your retail sales.

Tip # 1-Ask your therapists what gets in the way of their selling. Address their concerns and fears with empathy and honesty.

Tips # 2-. Divide your team into groups of three. Have them give a one minute presentation to their peers on something they love.

Tip # 3-Have the listeners repeat back what they heard the presenter say. This will help to build listening skills.

Tip # 4-In private provide positive feedback to the presenters on their presentation strengths. Guide them on improving their weaknesses.

Tip # 5-Using their strengths, repeat the presentation process using a retail product that they like. Roleplay presenting to a customer during down-time.

Join me at #ISPA2017 for Introverts: The Secret of Increasing Retail Sales.