Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (April 20) The Newspaper Boy.

"Read all about it!   Read all about it!  US Economy still flat.   Read all about it!"  yelled a 14 year old kid on a street corner in downtown New York.  "Want to buy a paper Mister?"   he asked a suit stopped in his tracks by an amber street light.

"No need, kid. With the internet I have all the news I need." replied the suit.

Another suit chimes in, "Yeah kid haven't you heard the newspaper industry is dying?  It's all about supply and demand.  You better start looking for some work with a future."

The streets of New York may be tough, but this initial setback didn't stop the kid.  "If I can prove to both of you no matter what industry you two work in, you'll find information of value to you both, in the same section of our paper, will you each buy a copy?"

Both suited salesman looked at one another and simultaneously replied, "Sure kid."  

"I'm in real estate, so you better be quick, this red light is about to change,"  asserted the first.

"I sell funeral services kid.  Better luck next time."

"Wait!"  Shouted the determined youngster.  "You said it was all about supply and demand, and for the two of you it's all laid out in the Obituaries section!   "You're in real estate right?  For you the obits are a source of supply of homes and condos that need to be resold because their previous owners had died," the youth said to the first salesman.  "And for you," he said to the funeral home services salesman, "the obits are obviously a source of demand."

Before the light turned green, both sales professionals had just been sold.

Moral of the story.  No matter what product you have to sell, and no matter how bad the economy gets; it's amazing how street smarts and some creativity mixed with good old-fashioned persistence can still produce results.

"I seriously feel like the best days are ahead, and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with more knowledge, experience, and street smarts.  There's a certain love, appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don't have when you're younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better."     -  Jennifer Lopez