Monday, October 07, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (October 7) The Wake-Up Call.

Staying the night in a cheap hotel in a dead-end town, a salesman was bored out of his skull.  The hotel bar, always his first port of call, was closed for renovations.  There were no restaurants nearby and the TV in his room was broken.  The salesman resorted to looking in the bedside drawer for some reading material, but all he could find was a Bible.  He opened the first page and a note fell out.

It read:  "My son, if you are troubled by the demons of alcohol and seek help in your darkest hour of need, you can always call on me and I will be there to ease you pain and anguish.  Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call me.  I will happily listen to your temptations and be as supportive as possible."

The note struck a chord, so, close to tears, the salesman picked up the phone and called the number given.  After a few seconds, a voice at the other end of the line answered:  "Harry's Liquor Store, we deliver."

The salesman disillusioned by the world around him, decided to catch up on some sleep by just going to bed early so he call the hotel receptionist for a wake-up call before drifting off to sleep.

The next morning the front desk clerk called the salesman at the agreed upon time and asked:  "What are you doing with the rest of your life?"

Moral of the story.    True sales professionals know that in order to be successful at sales you just need to keep on making or taking the next call.   And then there are times when that next call is just a wrong number.

"It's always a wake-up call to get beaten."     -    Usain Bolt