Monday, March 17, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (March 17) St. Patrick's Day.

It was the fifth week of a twelve week sales course.  Chapter 9 on "Time Management" right after lunch on a Saturday, was nothing but a snorefest.   But Sheamus was determined to see it through.  Completing this sales course would provide him with credentials from PSAA or the Professional Sales Association of America.   It would mean an increase in salary and a shot at a Director position in the near future.

The professor at the front of the classroom, noticed that he was quickly losing his students' attention.  So he figured a challenge was in order to liven things up a bit.
"Ok folks," he said.  "I know it's St Patrick's Day and many of you would rather be home or at a local pub right now enjoying some green beer.  So here's what we're going to do.  If any one of you can name two famous Irishmen who contributed something towards the advancement of mankind, other than green beer or any other type of alcoholic beverage, I'll let class out right now so you can go out and enjoy the festivities."

Sheamus looked around the class, no one seemed to have even a guess.  

"Well then," said the prof,  "I guess I'll have to pick one of you at random so we can officially get this over with, and get back to work.   Sheamus.  Your name sounds Irish enough.  It's up to you now.   You might as well guess at it if you can."

"Why me?" Sheamus thought to himself.   And then he decided to bluff his way out.  So he confidently looked at the prof, stood up, looked around at his fellow classmates, looked back at the prof and said;  "Paddy O' Lantern and Paddy O' Furniture."

Everyone burst out laughing.   

"Class dismissed," replied the prof.

Moral of the story.     Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody.   And remember sometimes it's not what you know or who you know but who you can make laugh that counts.  And a little luck of the Irish doesn't hurt either.

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."                             -  William Butler Yeats