Monday, January 20, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (January 20) The Recommendation.

The salesman had worked for the company 14 years, when one day he was suddenly notified that he and and a number of his colleagues were being let go.

"Since I've been with the firm for so long," the salesman told his HR manager, "I think I deserve at least a letter of recommendation."

The human resources manager agreed and said he'd have the letter ready for the salesman the next day.

The following morning, Bob found the letter on his desk.  It read,

"Bob worked for our company for fourteen years. When he left us, we were very satisfied."

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to be successful at sales you will often need letters of recommendation.   Since letters of recommendation always seem to be available when you don't need them, and very scarce when you do, the wise sales veteran makes a habit of always collecting them.   Letters of recommendation, get them while you can, because you just never know.

"There's always a great deal of business to be transacted in one's office.  There are always visitors it seems to me, an unending stream of them, who come with letters of recommendation, or come actually on substantive business."     -     David K. E. Bruce