One thing that makes the experience better is the movies in which, beyond the entertainment, we see a valuable message. We offer 10 films through which you will learn a lot without getting up from the chair and can even become a source of inspiration for an important idea.
10) Jerry Maguire
A handful of Hollywood movies have accurately captured the ethos and anguish of the average sales professional. Jerry Maguire is one of those, offering valuable lessons that have stood the test of time. The film is full of brilliant sales quotes, passion, energy and sales action
9) Boiler Room
Buried in the fantasy lies a practical application of the sales concepts we see. Walking the line of manipulation, we can see important elements of persuasion.
8) Wall Street
A classic film that has those retro sales feel to it. Yes, it is old school, yes, it is an old style sales approach, but it still is an awesome watch and some good core sales messages in there as well.
This is the story of Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers who had come up with a speedy system in their burger business. Kroc entered an agreement and franchised the system, eventually forcing the McDonald brothers from the ‘McDonalds’ business. The rest is rather self-evident in most larger towns you visit.
6) The Pursuit of Happiness
A highly recommended movie one needs to watch when they are struggling with motivation or those who want to find their next level of success in sales.
5) The Wolf Of Wall Street
Oscars best picture award finalist, The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the true story of the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Despite the fact that this humor- and drama-filled flick casts the financial sales profession in a negative light, the surreal plotline does highlight at least two valuable lessons for sales leaders – focus on training and establish a need
The movie is more than inspiring. There are quite a few lessons to be learned and some of them are
– Nobody can sell your product as good as you can;
– Just because you trust your advisors doesn’t mean they are the right advisors
– Bad circumstances can turn on a dime (So never give up)
3) Death Of A Salesman
Arthur Miller’s 1949 play ‘“Death of a Salesman” is about what happens when a salesman, Willy Loman, fails to accept the changes happening within himself and the society around him. Ultimately, Willy’s tragic end is the failure to realize the American dream (and a really bad case of sales burnout)
2) Tommy Boy
The 1995 cult classic is really all about sales, how the young Tommy becomes a sales genius with a touch of luck and by being true to himself. While the film is a comedy, it teaches valuable common-sense approaches to achieving success in sales, which still hold true today.
1) Glengarry Glen Ross
The film Glengarry Glen Ross prepares us for hard times to come—and reminds managers how not to behave, no matter what is ahead.