Sometimes it’s hard not to give advice–whether solicited or not.
People are doing the same things I failed at miserably in the past.
Knowing the difference between what is said and what is meant comes with experience. High pressure sellers never take “No” for an answer.
There are no definitive answers, only probabilities. Why? Because there are so many variables in human behavior.
Express checkout–12 items or less: the flustered young mother in the crowded checkout with three screaming bratty kids will not be turned away–even if the cart is overflowing.
“I hear what you’re saying.” The same tired drivel you always say.
“Always good to see you” …Only if I see you first.
“He has a lot of potential.” The search is on to find it.
“It’s a real fixer-upper.” Interpreted as money pit.
“We’ve been talking to some of your neighbors.” Love this one, used by door-to-door sellers. My neighbors barely talk to each other–let alone to salesperson strangers.
Used car ads are a personal favorite. The problem–how to put lipstick on that clunker, pig of a car, and get rid of it in a hurry.
“Lots of new parts” Did you include a net to keep them from falling off on driver and passengers?
“Soon to be a classic” Maybe after the other 500,000 go through the crusher?
A healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way.