Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (March 23) Getting Buried.

The door-to-door salesman was having a very rough year.   Selling door-to-door was bad enough, but his product wasn't a hot seller.   He was stuck trying to move burial plots.  Close to the end of a very bad day, the salesman just had one more home to visit on his daily list.

The salesman knocked, the door opened.  But opportunity hadn't answered.   The elderly woman needed only a few seconds to explain to the salesman that she and her husband  "had already bought their plots in another cemetery."

The salesman seemed uncertain as to what to say next, but he recovered quickly to say politely,  “I hope you’ll be very happy there.”   

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that in order to be successful in sales, you need to always be polite to your prospects, even if they eventually buy from your competitors.  To be disrespectful or rude, if you lose the sale, will only end up digging a grave and burying your own sales career.  So, as a sales professional, if you are greeted by rejection, let it 'Rest In Peace.'

"Do what you love.  Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw at it still."
                                                       -  Henry David Thoreau