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  1. Michael
    March 15, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    Nice post Barry! I didn’t know that the word “sell” has a norwegian root to it and it means “serve”. That is very profound and it makes total sense.

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    • Barrie Evans
      March 15, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

      I found out the Norwegian reference when doing some research into this subject, so it’s new to me too Michael. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Joy Healey
    March 16, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

    Hi Barrie,
    Interesting about the root of the word to sell being to serve.
    Reminds me of my Mum and Dad’s very successful newsagency shop “way back when”, because that’s certainly how they ran their business.
    Many a time I’ve seen my Dad jump up from his meal to go deliver ONE newspaper if one of the paper-boys had made a mistake.
    Not cost-effective in one sense, but it paid huge dividends because his customers were very loyal.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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    • Barrie Evans
      March 18, 2016 @ 9:20 am

      It’s all about getting repeat business Joy. That doesn’t happen unless you provide the service. 😀

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  3. Naman Kumar
    March 16, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

    Very good and helpful tips for selling.
    i guess it will help me to sell on fiverr.

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    • Barrie Evans
      March 18, 2016 @ 9:19 am

      Think of everything as a service Naman, because that’s what it is.

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  4. Edward Thorpe
    March 16, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    Hi Barrie,

    Happy to see you link ‘serve’ to selling. I’ve had some success selling because I was taught that helping get what they want was more important than making a one-time sale.
    Edward

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    • Barrie Evans
      March 18, 2016 @ 9:18 am

      I’ve always thought of selling as serving the customer Ed. Really because to serve is what I am here to do 😀

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  5. Chery Schmidt
    March 16, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

    Hello Barrie, Hum I too had no idea about the word sell having a Norwegian root to it serve, this was a great find my friend!
    Weird how something like this can change the way we think HUH?

    Great Share.
    Thanks
    Chery :))

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  6. Joan M Harrington
    March 19, 2016 @ 12:07 am

    Fantastic Tips Barrie! Selling is all about servicing Your Customer 🙂 Great post!

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    • Barrie Evans
      March 20, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

      Thanks Joan. I appreciate your comment. 😀

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  7. Kathryn Maclean
    March 19, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    Hi Barrie, How great an article this one is! the way you started off with
    “the word “sell” originates from a Norwegian word that actually means to “SERVE” this gives a whole other meaning to the word and the process.
    Of course you are right rapport has to be established before any sale takes place.
    The word stems from the old French verb rapporter which means literally to carry something back and, in the sense of how people relate to each other means that what one person sends out the other sends back. For example, they may realize that they share similar values, beliefs, knowledge, or behaviors around politics, music or sports. Look forward to the next article.

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  8. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    March 20, 2016 @ 2:40 am

    Hi barrie ,
    Interesting post and I think it is good to think when selling
    on service and not only to get somebody to buy something,this
    is so much better and nicer. Good find .
    Thank you
    Erika

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  9. Sonal Talwar
    March 20, 2016 @ 9:19 am

    Hi Barrie

    Great post about selling and its connection with the word serve

    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Robin Khokhar
    March 28, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

    Hi Barrie,
    I enjoyed reading this part 1. Now I will be moving the other two portions but before that, I thought to leave a feedback.
    And I must amazing stuff.
    thanks for sharing.

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  11. ikechi
    April 19, 2016 @ 9:57 am

    Hi barry

    THIS IS AN AWESOME POST and I love this topic because it is the life blood of business. however, as you brilliantly shared, selling has been misunderstood and sometimes abused.

    Great to know that you are doing a series to resolve this misconception. going to read the second part. Thanks and take care

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    • Barrie Evans
      April 19, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

      Thanks Ikechi. I hope you get great value from this series.

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  12. Jatin
    July 28, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    HI Barrie,

    Really Enjoyed reading this post. Very nicely written and explained
    I hope it will help me in future sellingS.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 29, 2016 @ 9:08 am

      And thankyou for your comment Jatin 😀

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