Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (May 13) The Stapler.

A sales manager injured his back while moving to take up a position at a new firm.  As a result he had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body his first day on the job.  He covered it with his dress shirt and tie and it was not noticeable at all.  On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself put in charge of an unruly bunch of telemarketers.

Walking confidently into the rowdy sales area or the "pit" as it was known, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busies himself with paperwork.  The telemarketers later that morning became a little unruly and he admonished them.  This happened several times.

While working at his desk, the strong breeze from the window made the sales manager's tie flap annoyingly.  He kept rearranging and rearranging the tie as the telemarketing "pit" became more and more unmanageable.

Finally, becoming disgusted with the wayward tie, the sales manager stood up and took a big stapler off his desk and stapled the tie to his chest in several places.

Discipline in the sales "pit" was not a problem for him from that day forward.

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that the secret behind good sales management is to walk softly, carry a big stapler and never show pain.

"But then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and its not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll, I'll, I'll set the building on fire..."                                                  -    Milton Waddams (Office Space)