A salesman calls home to his wife and says, "Honey, I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a great opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting. So could you please pack me enough clothes for a wee and set out my rod and tackle box? We're leaving from the office, so I will swing by the house to pick up my things. Oh! Please pack my new blue silk pajamas."
The salesman's wife this sounds a little fishy, but being a good
wife, she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend,
the salesman comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good. The
wife welcomes him home and asks, "Did you catch many fish?"
The salesman replies, "Yes! Lots of walleye, some bluegill and a few
pike. But why didn't you pack my new silk pajamas like I asked you to?"
"Oh, I did," she replies. "I packed them in your tackle box."
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to
succeed at sales, telling the truth is important. If you lie to a
customer, you will eventually get caught. No matter how shiny the
reward, sales professionals don't use canned lines and they don't let
their credibility get hooked by temptation. They know losing their
credibility will cause their career to sink.
"Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes." - Don Marquis