Thursday, October 03, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (archives) The Flirt

The elderly salesman flattered himself that he was still a ladies' man and decided to flirt with the comely waitress.

"So tell me, sweetheart, where have you been all my life?" he crooned.

"Actually, sir," she pointed out sweetly, "for the first thirty five years of it, I wasn't even born yet."

Moral of the story.  True sales professionals, especially if they are married, know, that it's not a good idea to flirt with prospects well outside your target market.  Narrow your prospect list down to those individuals that may actually have a need for your services.  Stop wasting your time pitching everything you have to everyone you meet without at least qualifying them first.  Going right into your closing lines without uncovering your prospect's needs or wants first, is just plain unprofessional, lazy and will ruin your only opportunity to make a great first impression.  Bottom line?  Keep your bottom in line and think before you flirt.

"One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you've become harmless."           -     Liz Smith