Monday, March 24, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (March 24) The Missed Shot.

It was a fine spring Saturday morning and a priest and a salesman were playing a round of golf.  After playing several holes, the salesman's game starts to take a turn for the worse.  "Darn!  I missed!" he swears, as his ball lands in a sand trap.

The priest is understandably shocked and admonishes the salesman.  "Do not swear my son.  You will incur God's wrath!"

The next time the salesman fails at an easy chip-in putt for par, however, he swears again.  "Darn!  I missed."

The priest gets very angry and scolds the salesman severly.  "My son, you place yourself in great jeopardy by your words!" 

But alas, as the salesman's second shot on the par three 13th hole fails to make the green, he yells loudly, "Darn!  I can't believe I missed again!"

Suddenly a lightning bolt strikes from the clear sky and reduces the priest to a pile of smouldering ash, and a booming voice from heaven shouts, "Darn!  I missed."

Moral of the story.    As sales professionals we must always keep control.   Swearing, cursing and the use of expletives can hurt yourself, hurt others and can be very lethal to the maintenance of long term business relationships.  When it comes to swearing, let someone else take the hit to their character, reputation and/or career.  When it comes to your vocabulary; keep yours in the green and not in the rough.

"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron.  Not even God can hit a 1-iron."     -  Lee Trevino