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Is There a Difference in Meaning?

Do you see a difference between the terms Sales Professional and Professional Who Sells?

Thoughts? - by Gary A Boye
Do you see a difference between the terms Sales Professional and Professional Who Sells?
Sales Professional

Someone who is dedicated to the art of selling. Someone who understands why he/she does what she does and is able to repeat it. Someone who invests time and money into improving.

Professional Who Sells

Someone who works in sales who only sees it as a job... someone who does not require further training because they know what they are doing. - by MrCharisma
Anyone have a different take on the differentiation? - by Gary A Boye
At the risk of jumping into a discussion that could be an argument in semantics, here I go. The following is how I would describe the primary differences between these two terms in a useful and helpful manner that relates to the philosophy of what it means to be a sales person:

A sales professional is someone who receives compensation for selling a product or service.

A professional who sells is someone who is involved in some part of the selling process, but though they "sell" they are not directly compensated for their selling efforts. Sales is merely an aspect of their job, it is not there job.

Everyone is "selling" something, an idea to their boss, a concept to a client. However, some of us (sales people) are skilled enough to get paid for it. - by Harold
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