Thursday, May 01, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (May 1) The Payphone.

Desperate to use a payphone, the salesman searched high and low in the small town, and when he found one, it was occupied.  Hoping the man inside the phone booth wouldn't be long, the salesman waited impatiently outside, constantly looking at his watch.  In an attempt to convey a sense of urgency, the salesman kept staring at the man on the phone but soon realized he wasn't actually saying anything.  As the minutes passed, the salesman kept looking, nodding, and pointing to his watch, but the guy inside the , booth paid no attention and just stood there with the phone in his hand, saying nothing into the receiver.

After a quarter of an hour, the guy inside had still not said a word into the phone.  Thinking that he was being deliberately obstructive and just wasting time, the salesman finally lost his cool.  Opening the door of the phone booth, he tried to grab the phone from the other guy's hand.

"Do you mind!" said the guy with the phone.  "I'm talking to my wife!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that no matter how aggravating another individual can be, you must never lose your cool.  You must remember that common courtesy isn't so common anymore.   Consider too, that the most spiteful person you know probably got that way because someone else, at some point in their life, was way worse to them.

"It's getting harder and harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone.  It still brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves."      -  Bob Newhart