Monday, December 23, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (archives) Christmas Kebabs.

A salesman walks into a kebab shop and was surprised to see Santa serving behind the counter.

"Santa!" he said.  "What are you doing working here?  Shouldn't you be up at the North Pole preparing for the big day?"

Santa let out a long sigh.  He had really fallen on hard times. The red suit was splattered with chili sauce and bits of lettuce, his apron was a mess,and he looked as if the last thing in the world he wanted to be doing was serving kebabs.

Eventually he admitted: "I'm afraid my business has gone belly up, a big bowl full of jelly belly up.  What, with the credit crunch and the recession, the toy industry took a real hammering.  I had to lay off some of the elves.  The bank wouldn't give me a loan to retool and as a result we lost our competitive edge.  We wound up the delivery side and subcontracted out to UPS but none of these measures helped our profitability.  Finally the receivers came in, asset stripped the business and we went into liquidation."

"Sorry to hear that," said the salesman.  "It kind of takes the tradition out of Christmas."

"I know," said Santa smiling weakly. "Anyway, enough of me, and my troubles.  What can I get you?"

The salesman said, "I'll have a large Donner kebab."

"Sorry," said Santa.  "We were all finished with Donner on Tuesday.  "Will a Blitzen do instead?"

Moral of the story.    True sales professionals know that in tough times you have to stay positive.  In order to do that, jettison any prospects that have fallen on hard times.  Their moaning on and on about how bad the economy is, how unfair things are, how the world's set against them will drain you of all your energy and time.  Want to stay positive?  Deal with only folks who are positive about their business and their future.  Winners press on, move forward, expand their business and buy stuff to help accommodate their growth.  Losers lament, complain and drain.  Stick with winners, discard the losers and your career will soar!

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  That little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."      
                                                        -    W. Clement Stone