Both men and women believe that females make the best salespeople, a new survey of sales professionals has found.
The survey from sales training specialist Pareto Law found that 53 per cent of men and 66 per cent of women believe that females excel when it comes to sales, with women believing that they are better with dealing with people and men saying that women are better at actually closing a deal.
Hillary Clinton and Davina McCall were voted by respondents as the two female celebrities most likely to get ahead in sales, while Alan Sugar and Derren Brown were the most likely males.
Perhaps this was because respondents believed that these celebrities had the qualities required to become good salespeople, with men ranking honesty as the most important quality (53 per cent of the votes), and women ranking personality (47 per cent).
Managing director of Pareto Law, Jonathan Fitchew, said: "Television programmes like The Apprentice have increased people's interest in the sales industry but have also highlighted the different approaches of men and women to the same sales issues."
Money was voted to be the most important incentive for sales people by both men (87 per cent) and women (86 per cent), with verbal praise and overseas holidays also seen as important.