Saturday, October 05, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (October 5) The True Costs of Separation.

A rich salesman and his wife are having dinner at a very fine restaurant when an absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the salesman a big kiss, says she'll see him later and walks away.

The salesman's wife glares at him and says, "Who in the world was that?!?!?"

"Oh," replied the salesman, "she's my mistress."

"Well, that's the last straw," says his wife.  "I've had enough!   I want a divorce!"

"I can understand that," replies the salesman.  "But remember, if we get a divorce, it means that you don't get anymore shopping trips to Paris, no more winter excursions to the Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Ferraris and Lexuses in the garage and no more yacht club.  The decision is yours."

Just then a co-worker of the salesman enters the restaurant with a gorgeous woman on on his arm.

"Who is that woman with George?" asks his wife.

"That's his mistress," says the salesman.

"Ours is prettier," she replied.

Moral of the story.  True sales professionals know that in order to be successful at sales they sometimes face situations where long-term customers threaten to leave.   When these situations arise, keep your cool, take emotion out of the equation and logically explain to your customer the true costs of making a change.  Many will choose to stay with their current supplier rather than being exposed to worse with the unknown.

"I don't think meals have any business being deductible.  I'm for separation of calories and corporations."   -  Ralph Nadar