"I just buried my second wife," the salesman told his new executive assistant over lunch. "and I've vowed never to marry again."
"That's a shame," said the woman, "but you know - it does help to talk about these things. What happened to your wives?"
"Well," the salesman sighed, "the first one died after eating poisoned mushrooms, and the second one was shot to death."
"Shot!" the executive assistant gasped, "How horrible!"
"Yes," replied the salesman, "she wouldn't eat her mushrooms."
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to
be successful in sales they have to be good conversationalists. Knowing
full well that more sales are lost and more careers crushed by talking
too much; true sales professionals never go around merely shooting their
"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde