Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (October 20) Hairspray

It was a beautiful fall day and a salesman and his son were busy raking leaves off of the lawn.  The young boy stopped raking when he saw an earthworm trying to get back into its hole.

"Dad, I bet I can put that worm back into its hole."

"I'll bet you 5 dollars you can't," the salesman replied.  "It's too wiggly and limp to put back in that hole.  You won't be able to do it."

The boy smiled, went into the house and came back with a can of hairspray and he then sprayed the worm until it was straight and stiff.  Then he simply stuffed the worm back into its hole.

The salesman smiled, gave his son 5 dollars, picked up the can of hairspray and trotted indoors with a smile on his face.  Thirty minutes later he came back outside and gave his son another five dollars. 

"But Dad, you already gave me 5 dollars."

"I know son.  That five dollars is from your mother."

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to be successful in sales they have to be observant.  Having the ability to spot someone using something in a new way that you can adapt and profit from is key to growing your revenue or could just lead to increased customer satisfaction.

"The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese."   
                                                                                                                -  Jeremy Paxman