Saturday, November 09, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (November 9) The Taxi Driver.

The salesman's early morning flight had been delayed by weather.  So he was in a rush to get to his first meeting of the day, when he rushed from the airport and zipped into the closest cab he could find.    After giving the cab driver the address of his first meeting, the salesman relaxed a bit, leaned back, and opened his briefcase to go over his meeting's briefing notes one last time.

Wanting an audience to test out some of his presentation on, the salesman reached up to the driver's seat and tapped the cabbie on the shoulder.

The taxi cab driver screamed, lost control of his cab and nearly ran into a crowd of pedestrians.  "Don't ever do that to me again!   Ever!"   He yelled.

"I'm very sorry," said the salesman.  "But it was only a tap on the shoulder."

"That maybe so, but this is my first day as a cab driver!" replied the cabbie.   "Just last week I celebrated twenty years driving hearses."

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales they need to pay attention to modern social conventions.  They also need to respect their prospect's sense of personal space.  Tapping someone without warning on their shoulder, could make that individual defensive or abusive; potentially making it impossible for you to close your deal.

"The one thing you shouldn't do is try to tell a cab driver how to get somewhere."     
                                                                                                                     -     Jimmy Fallon