Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sales Joke of the Day (December 18) The Dinner.

A salesman was sitting alone in a restaurant finishing his coffee and free after dinner mints when he suddenly heard a voice say:  "Wow! You look great tonight!  I love that shirt!"

The salesman looked around to see where the voice was coming from but the only other person in the room was a waiter.  So he called him over.  

"Excuse me," said the salesman, "Did you say something?"

"Not me sir," replied the waiter.

A few minutes later the same thing happened again.  This time the voice said:  "And your hair really suits you in that style.  It makes you look years younger."

Once more the salesman summoned the waiter.  "Did you say something just then?" he inquired.

"No, sir," replied the waiter.  "Not a word."

"Well that's twice now I've heard a voice and you're the only other person in the room."

The waiter thought for a moment, "This voice, did it say nice things or rude things?"

"Nice things," replied the salesman.

"Well, that's it then," said the waiter.  "It must have been the complimentary mints."

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales you need to be able to gain and maintain the attention of your audience.   Compliments are a great way of doing this and should be used often.   But make sure to eat your after dinner mints first!

"I never get tired of hearing compliments."         -  John Lithgow