Your Mom Knew What She Was Talking About


WE CAN learn a lot from books on "sales training." Commission salespeople who don't know what they're doing are forced into another line of work because they don't make any money. They are in a sink-or-swim situation, and they tend to accumulate practical, effective methods for persuading people.

Listen to the coaching below (from the book, The Sales Bible, by Jeffrey H. Gitomer) and apply what he says to our task of trying to educate our reluctant fellow non-Muslims about Islam's prime directive:

Your mom said it best. As a child, when you were fighting or arguing with a sibling or friend, your mom would say, "Billy, you know better than that! Now you make friends with Johnny." Your mother never told you to use the alternative-of-choice close or the sharp-angle close on Johnny. She just said, "Make friends." That may have been one of the most powerful sales lessons you ever got.

It is estimated that more than 50% of sales are made because of friendship. In the South of the United States it's called "The good-old-boy network;" in the North they say it's "Who you know." But it's really just
friendship selling.

If you think you're going to get the sale because you have the best product, best service or best price, dream on, Bubba. You're not even half right.

If 50% of sales are made on a friendly basis and you haven't made friends with the prospect (or customer), you're missing 50% of your market.

Friends don't need to sell friends using sales techniques. Think about it. You don't need sales techniques when you ask a friend out, or ask for a favor — you just ask.
You don't need more sales techniques, you need more friends.

This does not eliminate your need to be a master salesman. You must know sales techniques to get the other half of the market, and sometimes even your friends need to be sold. So keep listening to those tapes in your car.

How do you "make friends?" You already know the answer to that question. The way to have a good friend is to be a good friend. People are losing too many friends talking about Islam. This has got to stop. It's not good for the cause and it's not good for you.

If you feel like you are in a position between a rock and a hard place — between educating your friend about Islam (and losing her or him as a friend) or keeping your mouth shut just to keep your friendship — you need to start looking for other alternatives. Neither one of those options is acceptable.

I propose you keep your friendships and change the way you talk about Islam so you can talk about it with your friend and keep your friendship. If your friendship is too far gone already, then temporarily stop talking about Islam and mend that friendship. When you begin again to speak of Islam, come to it in an entirely different way. You can find some good ideas here: Tools For Our Educational Mission.


Anonymous 9:03 AM  

Ah, Citizen Warrior, you are inspiring! Yep, let's keep harmony with our friends, family and peers ... it is a challenge but you are right! Dhimwitism, Leftardness and PCness can be trying but no point in losing relationships and by default also losing the opportunity to disinfect these minds.

Anonymous 1:01 PM  

Greetings from the UK. As I'm sure you know there is a growing number of people who are slowly learning more about the truth of Islam.

All I ask personally is that you keep going, and keep up the good work!

Citizen Warrior 4:39 PM  

Of that, my friend, you needn't have any doubt. We will keep Citizen Warrior going until the whole world understands the terrifying brilliance of Islam.

Darius 1:41 AM  

I totally get it about trying to talk with people about Islam and loosing friends. The only person who can understand what I talk about is my elderly Aunt who went to Tunisia back in the day with the Peace Corps. She says I'm right to call it a Death Cult. There's some aspects of the Muslim Culture I'm okay with but the Holy aspects and the political aspects are entirely too negative, dark, psychopathic. And it infuriates me that a person can't even point out this aspect within a culture just doing the psych angle. No matter. I will continue on my mission but in a non-aggressive way unless necessary to help people understand that ignorance is NOT bliss and Inshallah is just another way to starve, be blown up, and live in a General Hell. If a person cannot think or question aspects of their culture/religion or Death Cult, then they are living in an ignorant Hell and saying 'as God wills it'(Inshallah for example) is such a cop-out and is just contrary to a more psychologically healthful and soulful human existence. Also, I'm going to start giving my friends and relatives your webspot so's they can do something else besides remain terminally ignorant.

Citizen Warrior 2:37 AM  

Thanks Darius,

I recommend this site to share with your friends instead of Citizen Warrior:

It's a little easier for newbies to handle. And for you, check this out:


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