Monday, September 30, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (September 30) The Agreement.

After being married for forty years, the salesman takes a careful look at his wife and says, "Forty years ago, we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a ten-inch black and white TV.  But I got to sleep every night with a hot 23 year old girl.  Now I have a $500,000 home, a $35,000 car, a nice big bed and a large flat-screen TV.  But now I'm sleeping with a 63 year old woman.  It seems to me that you're not holding up your end of the agreement."

The salesman's wife, being very reasonable, and very accustomed to the salesman's sense of humor replied, "Go ahead and find yourself another hot 23 year old girl, and I and my lawyer will make sure that you will once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a ten-inch black-and-white TV!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales they need to develop and cultivate long term relationships.   Over the years, these relationships will continue to grow and prosper if based on trust and mutual benefit.   But remember, turning back the hands of time, or rewriting original contracts are not possible.  So make sure any new agreements you enter into will serve you well over the long haul.

"Don't make assumptions.  Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life."                                                                               -     Miguel Angel Ruiz