Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (archives) The Maple Leaf.

A little old salesman was escorted into the witness box.  After being sworn in, the judge asked him to explain what happened.  The old salesman began to discuss his day at work, and how things weren't going well, and how he was getting irritated by constant phone calls from his wife.  As he rambled on, often incoherently, the entire courtroom seemed to be ready to nod off.  Finally he ended by saying, "And that's when she hit me on my head with a maple leaf!"

"Surely a tiny little maple leaf couldn't have caused you any injury?" asked the judge.

"Are you kidding?" exclaimed the old salesman.  "It was the maple leaf from the center of our dining room table that seats ten!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to be successful, you must listen for small details.  If you nod off while listening to clients you might miss some important information, or they could consider it rude.   If it's at the end of the day, the customer could just leave you there, asleep in their office, lock up and go home for the evening.  Later when you wake up and try to leave, you could find yourself stuck in an office surrounded by hungry Doberman guard dogs, forced to relieve yourself on an office plant, just to make it through to the following morning.  Wood you beleaf it or knot?

"Under the big political umbrella, a man is just like a leaf in the ocean, with no control of his destiny and does not have any choice."            -      Zhang Yimou