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You want to be rich get into sales?

Tebogo Toteng
MONEYMIND

In my experience a lot of people associate sales with risk; the risk of inconsistent income and the absence of the security of definite pay cheque yet sales is one of the most rewarding professions and having born thousand of millionaires in the world.


Risk can be managed by knowledge; which is why there are sales people who are consistently top performers’ in their respective sales professions. If it was luck it would have run out however they do it year after year with astonishing ease. It is simply because the universe that we live in, is ruled by laws; and the top achievers follow a set of common rules that makes them successful.  


The below average sales person will always point to the superior sales person and say “He was born a sales person”. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Superior performer have a set of characteristic that are uniform and can be pinpointed and if the below average sales person copy those characteristics the end product will be the same.  


It is the interest of this column to move you to another level; moving you to the top of your profession by learning what the best sales professional do and copying and applying the same principles.


The power of the mind in learning
We have moved from the era of manpower to the era of mindpower. Thoughts largely determine who we become. If we continually think of ourselves as destined to success we open ourselves to opportunities that are in consonance with our thoughts. And the good thing is that we can learn to control what we think about most of the time.


Learning improves our mind power, challenges us to think of new ideas, new ways and in the process we exercise our brain and improve our intellectual capacity. The greatest obstacle to human improvement is the inability to recognize that learning is important to human progress. Think of the new inventions, innovations, systems, improvements that are results of dedicated learning.


It is no different in sales just like in any other profession. Sales people must become all time students of the subject of selling; learning new methods as the industry evolves. The world rejects people who refuse to learn and they regress as their peers progress.


An open mind provides a fertile ground for planting new knowledge; and enthusiastic learners are likely to retain knowledge as opposed those who grumble about training as a waste of time. Remember the biblical story of seeds that were planted on barren land and fertile land?

It is really the same if you open your mind to learning you are the fertile soil and you will reap the rewards of a good harvest. Unfortunately if you are anti-learning you will harvest nothing but it really comes to an individual choice.


If learning is not your thing I recommend you stop reading here but if you hunger to learn and compete; note compete not survive then you are just about to see you future skyrocket.  


Dream big
You cannot achieve big if you do not aspire and dream big. It is even worse when you do not have a dream at all.  The greatest ideas in human kind were first imaginations.  The biggest drive of any sales person is to be successful and financially free. The drive is kept burning by the desire to achieve great dreams. The inner passion for success is one of the common traits found in most successful salespeople. Passion is that thing that keeps nudging them to wake up every morning and work towards their dream. A dream is a vision; a vision of where one wants to go which brings us to goals.


Goals  
Dream remain dreams if there are not backed by action; measurable actions which we call goals. The reasons why goals are not dreams are that they are measurable, specific and timeous. Goals setting for salespeople are integral to success. The danger of operating without goals is that there is no honest appraisal of progress or lack thereof. The dream is the ultimate goals is the sign on the road that shows you how far or close you are to your destiny.


Plan
In order to achieve a goal there must be a plan to move towards the goal. The problem is that often more adults leave their dreams and goals to chance than develop a clear plan of achieving the dreams. And most average sales person leave their earnings to chance than have a plan of reaching a specific income each month.

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Stargems Group establishes Training Center in BW

20th March 2023

Internationally-acclaimed diamond manufacturing company StarGems Group has established the Stargems Diamond Training Center which will be providing specialized training in diamond manufacturing and evaluation.

The Stargems Diamond Training Institute is located at the Stargems Group Botswana Unit in Gaborone.

“In accordance with the National Human Resource Development Strategy (NHRDS) which holds the principle that through education and skills development as well as the strategic alignment between national ambitions and individual capabilities, Botswana will become a prosperous, productive and innovative nation due to the quality and efficacy of its citizenry. The Training Centre will provide a range of modules in theory and in practice; from rough diamond evaluation to diamond grading and polishing for Batswana, at no cost for eight weeks. The internationally- recognized certificate offered in partnership with Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School presents invaluable opportunities for Batswana to access in the diamond industry locally and internationally. The initiative is an extension of our Corporate Social Investment to the community in which we operate,” said Vishal Shah, Stargems Group Managing Director, during the launch of the Stargems Diamond Training Center.

In order to participate in this rare opportunity, interested candidates are invited to submit a police clearance certificate and a BGCSE certificate only to the Stargems offices.  Students who excel in these programs will have the chance to be onboarded by the Stargems Group. This serves as motivation for them to go through this training with a high level of seriousness.

“Community empowerment is one of our CSR principles. We believe that businesses can only thrive when their communities are well taken of. We are hoping that our presence will be impactful to various communities and economies. In the six countries that we are operating in, we have contributed through dedicating 10% of our revenues during COVID-19 to facilitate education, donating to hospitals and also to NGOs committed to supporting women and children living with HIV. One key issue that we are targeting in Botswana is the rate of unemployment amongst the youth. We are looking forward to working closely with the government and other relevant authorities to curb unemployment,” said Shah.

Currently, Stargems Group has employed 117 Batswana and they are looking forward to growing the numbers to 500 as the company grows. Majority of the employees will be graduates from the Stargems Diamond Training Center. This initiation has been received with open arms by the general public and stakeholders. During the launch, the Minister of Minerals and Energy,  Honorable Lefoko Moagi, stated that the ministry fully endorses Stargems Diamond Training and will work closely with the Group to support and grow the initiative.

“As a ministry, we see this as an game changer that is aligned with one of the United Nations’ Six Priority Sustainable Development Goals, which is to Advance Opportunity and Impact for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). What Stargems Group is launching today will have a huge impact on the creation of employment in Botswana. An economy’s productivity rises as the number of educated workers increases as its skilled workmanship increases. It is not a secret that low skills perpetuate poverty and widen the inequality gap, therefore the development of skills has the potential to contribute significantly to structural transformation and economic growth by enhancing employability and helping the country become more competitive. We are grateful to see the emergence of industry players such as Stargems Group who have strived to create such opportunities that mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 on the economy,” said the Minister of Minerals and Energy.

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Food import bill slightly declines

20th March 2023

The latest figures released by Statistics Botswana this week shows that food import bill for Botswana slightly declined from around P1.1 billion in November 2022 to around P981 million in December during the same year.

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Moody’s Reaffirms African Trade Insurance’s A3 Rating & Revises Outlook to Positive

13th March 2023

Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has affirmed the A3 insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) for the fifth consecutive year and changed the outlook from stable to positive.

Moody’s noted that the change in outlook to positive reflects the strong growth in ATI’s membership base – that has resulted in improved portfolio diversification, strengthened capital adequacy, and the good profitability despite the challenging operating environment. In addition, ATI benefits from its preferred creditor status (PCS) amongst sovereign member states which protects it from the risk of default by member sovereigns through securing recoveries against claims paid on guarantees.

The strong membership and equity growth are some of the key considerations for the consistent reinstatement of ATI’s A/Stable rating by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s rating, over the years. Also supporting the rating affirmation are; consistent improvement in financial performance, commitment of its shareholders who continue to uphold the preferred creditor status, its high quality and conservative investment portfolio as well as strong relationships with a number of global reinsurers that provide significant risk-bearing capacity.

With the change in outlook to “positive”, ATI is now better placed to provide enhanced support to its member countries, attract additional shareholding and grow its portfolio. The positive outlook is an indication that if ATI continues to demonstrate its strong underwriting performance and ability to recover claims under the preferred creditor arrangements, among other factors, an upward pressure towards an upgrade may be generated. The Moody’s press release can be accessed from here

Commenting on the rating, Africa Trade Insurance Chief Executive Officer Manuel Moses said: “This positive revision is in line with our 2023 – 2027 strategic objectives in which we set to improve our rating outlook to positive in the first year, and achieve an upgrade of at least “AA”/Stable rating by both Moody’s and S&P within this Strategic Plan period. We aim to achieve this by doubling our exposures and increasing our capital to more than USD1 billion.”

ATI’s mandate is to provide trade-credit and political risk insurance, as well as other risk mitigation products to its member countries and related public and private sector actors. These insurance products not only directly encourage and facilitate foreign direct investment as well as local private sector investment in our member countries, but also contribute to intra- and extra-African trade.

About The African Trade Insurance Agency 

ATI was founded in 2001 by African States to cover trade and investment risks of companies doing business in Africa. ATI predominantly provides Political Risk, Credit Insurance and, Surety Insurance. Since inception, ATI has supported US$78 billion worth of investments and trade into Africa. For over a decade, ATI has maintained an ‘A/Stable’ rating for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit by Standard & Poor’s, and in 2019, ATI obtained an A3/Stable rating from Moody’s, which has now been revised to A3/Positive.

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