Monday, April 21, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (April 21) The Saleswoman.

The CIA needed to hire a new tough recruit with a real competitive sales background and street smarts for an overseas assignment.  So they decided set up a recruitment station at a sales convention in New York City.  Three sales representatives made the cut, two men and one woman.  The three were led to a local dimly lit test center and told to each sit down in one of the three chairs in the center of a small room.  One by one they were to be walked into a second sound proof room where the section chief would give them their test.

The first salesman goes into the second room for his instructions from the section chief.  "Take this gun on the table before you, and proceed into the third room.  I want you to assassinate whomever you find there.  If you don't follow through without hesitation, you are not CIA material."

The first salesman took the gun and went into the third room, where he found his wife.  Taking one look at her, he returned to the instructor in the middle room, threw down his gun and quit, saying, "I can't do this!"

The second salesman went into the third room and saw his own wife.  He hesitated for a moment or two, but then he too returned to the second room and resigned.

The saleswoman now took the gun and went into the third room and saw her husband.  The section chief heard six rapid shots, followed by screams, thuds, crashes, and then silence.  Then the door to the third room opened and out came the saleswoman all bloody, and her blouse torn to shreds.  She boldly said to the section chief, "You idiot!  You gave me blanks!  I had to finish him off with the chair he was sitting on!"

Moral of the story.   If you're in sales and in a competitive situation in New York; and you just happen to be up against a saleswoman as one of your competitors; don't underestimate her.   Be afraid.   Be very, very afraid.

"For me, motivation is a person who has the capability to recruit the resources he needs to achieve a goal."     -  Arsene Wenger