KSU mentor program improves sales skills

By The Mercury

K-State students studying sales have the opportunity to be mentored by and provide mentoring to their peers to improve skills.

The new Student-to-Student Sales Mentoring program in the College of Business Administration’s National Strategic Selling Institute gives students the chance to learn and develop the skills needed to be a strong candidate in the sales industry.

In the program, students can practice their selling skills throughout the semester, taking the information from the classroom and applying it in real-world situations. They also can enhance their learning experience and opportunities, while receiving feedback in a comfortable environment from other students.

Student mentors also will gain experience from the program. By serving as the buyer during role-playing, they will learn insight into the role of the seller.

This year’s student sales mentors are Tyler Maneth, senior in marketing, Andover; and Blair Wilen, junior in social sciences, and Ariel Johnson, junior in business administration, both from Manhattan. Their job is to help students prepare for role-playing, get ready for job interviews through mock interviews, and prepare the university’s sales team, the Sales Cats.

Office hours are conducted in the sales lab. Students can meet with student mentors on a first come, first-served basis during office hours, or appointments may be set up through email to the mentors: Maneth,; Wilen,; or Johnson,

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