According to an article by Kathleen Harris in Real Simple magazine, free-time activities can help build professional skills. Harris suggested five hobbies that can help salespeople hone their specific career skills. If you get nervous when a shopper complains or objects, she recommends practicing music in your free time.
Engaging in a creative activity helps people manage negative feelings like stress. If you struggle to keep a sales conversation going, take a creative writing class. Improving your storytelling skills will help you keep a conversation going. For those who would like to climb the ladder and get promoted, join a sports team to help improve leadership and teamwork skills.
If you struggle to accomplish all your daily tasks, join a cooking or recipe club to improve time management. Lastly, for those that want to map out a new strategic course for their store, play video games to help promote complex thinking.