A salesman and his wife were invited to a costume party. That night as they were getting ready to go out, the wife said she had developed a headache and had to stay home. She told the salesman to go to the party without her. "Don't let me spoil a good time for you," she said. After further discussion, the husband put on his costume and went to the party.
The wife took some aspirin and went to bed. After sleeping for a
while, she woke feeling much better and decided to go to the party and
surprise her husband. As she was getting ready, she thought to herself,
"I wonder what my husband really does when I'm not around." She then
got into a different costume so her husband wouldn't recognize her, and
went to the party.
When she arrived at the party, she stood off to the side to get a
good view of what was going on. There was her husband dancing with one
girl after another and getting very physical with them. She decided to
see just how far he would go. So she went up to him and started dancing
very close to him. She whispered in his ear that they should go
outside. Going to the closest unlocked vehicle they could find, they
got in and really fogged up the windows, while still in costume, for
about half an hour. In baseball terms he had rounded the bases twice!
Her husband had been an animal!
Prior to the midnight unmasking, the wife rushed home and waited for
the salesman to return so she could confront him. The salesman arrived
home at about 2am and climbed into bed.
His wife sat up and asked, "Well, how was the party?"
The salesman replied, "It was no fun without you honey."
She replied, "I don't believe you. I bet you had all kinds of fun!"
The salesman replied, "Really, Honey. When I got to the party, some
of the guys and I got bored and we went downstairs and played poker all
night. In fact, I won fifty bucks! But the real lucky one tonight was
the guy I loaned my costume to, apparently he had one heck of a time in
the parking lot!"
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in business
you don't need to wear a mask or put on a costume to be successful. The
real trick in sales is to just be yourself. That way you won't waste a
lot of energy trying to be someone you're not, and you'll never be
caught in any embarrassing situations.
"Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding
what works for a night without looking like you are wearing a
costume." - Vera Wang