Sales tips can be found in all sorts of unique places. We’ve discovered exceptional sales tips shared by basketball stars, our mothers, and even the solar eclipse. This time, we want to highlight top sales tips shared in some of our favorite Netflix shows and movies, that may have slipped by you the first time you watched.

Here are our top Netflix choices with hidden sales tips to help you accelerate your sales cycles.  So grab some popcorn and let’s jump in.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness scored a cool 8/10 on IMDB and it’s not difficult to see why.  It’s a fantastic film with an inspiring message and not to mention — a superb performance by Will Smith.

During a scene in the film, Smith's character Chris Gardner is cold-calling a list of prospects. In order to maximize productivity, he meticulously plans out his day. He finds that when he doesn't hang up the phone after each call, it gives him an additional eight minutes of cold-calling a day.

It’s extreme, but the scene captures the benefits of efficient time management. The more time you save, the more calls you make, the more deals you close. With platforms like Kiite, reps are able to save copious amounts of time — not just eight minutes, through quick access to knowledge and information through chat.

In this case, though, more notable than his time management was Gardner’s heart. He knew what his motivation was every morning: His son. Knowing your true motivation can be one of the most effective sales tips of all. It may be helping ease the pain points of others or achieving personal goals. Whatever it may be, if you recognize your motivation and manage your time efficiently, you will be one step closer to reaching your goals.

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Since this film is based on the real Chris Gardner’s life story, many of the depicted struggles aren’t fictional. There is a lot to be learned from others’ personal experiences, especially when they emerge through hard time victorious.

The Office

How could we leave out The Office? There are so many valuable (and hilarious) sales tips.

One of these is the acronym K-I-S-S. It stands for: Keep it simple, stupid. In an episode of the US version, Dwight mentions: "Michael always says K-I-S-S. Keep it simple, stupid. Great advice. Hurts my feelings every time." When you're on a sales call with a prospect, it's a good rule of thumb to keep things simple and straight to the point.

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Sometimes we feel the inclination to blurt out every key point about our product in one triumphant swoop. The last thing you want to do is complicate the conversation by adding information that isn't relevant to the prospect.

So, when you're talking to prospects with varying levels of knowledge on your product, it's best to keep it simple and take the conversation in stride. Get technical if the customer wants to go there, but don't forget that simplicity sells.

The Wolf of Wall Street

If you've seen The Wolf of Wall Street (or read our blog post about selling to salespeople), you'll remember the last scene of the film.

In this scene, Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, tests the audience at a sales conference and asks them to "sell me this pen." With each failed attempt, he moves on to the next person.

It's a little blunt, but the scene is notable because it cements the final message of the film. Sales is not about selling products, it's about selling value. A customer will only buy a product if the value outweighs any potential negatives, such as expensive pricing or a long implementation time.

Let's not forget about supply and demand. If you don't have a pen, it's awfully hard to write something down.

Mad Men

Mad Men, a TV series set in the 1950s and 60s, is a flashback in time to selling before the digital age.  Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, is an advertising genius and skilled in the art of the sales pitch.  How? Through storytelling. Don closes deals because his stories are relatable and relevant.

The stories are perfectly tailored to each customer, making them highly effective. When it comes to sales, it's important to personalize the conversation to the prospect in order to demonstrate the value. Even if you're dealing with prospects from the same industry or field, each company has different procedures, and each prospect has different levels of experience.

Make sure to do your research, not only to learn about your prospect but to craft a sales pitch that speaks to their concerns and priorities.

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There is a lot to be learned from others’ personal experiences in sales — even when watching Netflix from the comfort of your couch. These four are some of our favorite examples, but we’d love to hear yours! What are some Netflix sales tips you’ve seen? Comment below or tweet us at @KiiteHQ.

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