“On my honor, I will try, to serve God, and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”
Did you know that I used to be a girl scout?
That’s right! Miss Beauty & Braids used to rock those cute uniforms and collect badges! Being a Girl Scout is one of my favorite childhood memories. I made friends, did arts and crafts, went camping, and of course – sold delicious girl scouts cookies. Just the memories make me want to buy Trefoils!
Selling Girl Scouts cookies is the largest girl-led business in America. Girl Scouts have fun while learning skills that will help them throughout their lives.
In honor of cookie selling season and Throwback Thursday, check out the business article below.
11 Essential Business Skills You Mastered Selling Girl Scout Cookies … and Still Use Today!
By Kristina Ericksen
1. Goal setting
Whether you’re trying to sell enough cookies to make it to Girl Scout summer camp or you’re trying to top your record from last year, goal setting is a great skill to practice in your youth and carry into your professional life as an adult. Setting goals can help you accomplish feats you never thought possible – and they allow you to continually improve upon yourself.
2. Interpersonal skills
Let’s face it – everyone loves Girl Scout cookies! So chances are good you’re going to interact with customers from all walks of life during sales season. The exposure is great practice for Girl Scouts’ interpersonal skills. Comprehending both verbal and nonverbal communication is not just valuable when you’re trying to land a cookie sale — it’s an essential skill any professional needs.
3. Business ethics
Selling Girl Scout cookies is a great primer for business ethics. Girl Scouts learn right from wrong in sales and learn about hard work and honest business. They learn how to chase their goals while never compromising the core values of the Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts are taught to be responsible and honest when selling cookies. When a business follows the same integrity, it builds a company’s reputation and image,” says small business owner Robert Chen. “Credibility and authenticity in a business are two characteristics that lead to loyal customers.”
Read about the other 8 essential skills at 11 Essential Business Skills You Mastered Selling Girl Scout Cookies … and Still Use Today!