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E162 | From Insecure Non-Native English Speaker to Successful Sales Professional–Linh Nguyen
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High school is already hard enough as it is. Imagine not being able to speak the language of the school you attend. That was exactly Linh Nguyen’s experience and it made high school more challenging.
Her parents immigrated to the US from Vietnam, when she was 16. She opted to attend community college but dropped out of college for two reasons. She couldn’t afford it and she felt she didn’t understand English well enough to know what she wanted as a career.
Listen in as she tells Jonaed about how she went from being an insecure English speaker to working through her fear as she became a confident sales professional.
(0:00) Intro and Linh’s role as a Business Development representative
(3:23) Why it’s important to know your strengths and get accustomed to rejection for success in sales
(4:54) How immigrating to the US at 16 affected her high school experience and her decision to attend college.
(6:59) How working as a waitress helped her to be successful in sales
(8:40) How she successfully transitioned into sales.
(13:07) Struggling to get promoted? Do this.
(14:20) What the day of an SDR looks like & misconceptions people have about sales
(17:40) What it’s like being an Asian woman in sales
(19:20) Here’s why people should consider getting into sales and all the benefits that come with it.
(20:54) Learn from her mistakes: keep track of what you did, what worked, what didn’t and go back and refine it.
(23:10) People that don’t do well in sales can still use the skill in other jobs
(24:35) Biggest accomplishment: being able to help her parents transition into owning a bubble tea shop and using her skills to help them establish their business
(29:46) Working through insecurities and imposter syndrome.
(34:19) Marie Kondo your life. Don't wait to make the best decision.
- Company Website: TeaCo Tea House: https://beacons.ai/teacopnw
- LinkedIn: [AC1]https://www.linkedin.com/in/linh-l-nguyen-1202/
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