Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (May 24) Cat Food.

A woman went into the neighborhood grocery store and asked the grocer for a can of cat food.  Knowing that she didn't have a cat, the grocer asked why she was buying the stuff.  "It's for my husband's lunch, he's a traveling salesperson and cat food is great to use for quick sandwiches," was the answer.

Shocked, the grocer said,  "You can't feed cat food to your husband.  It will kill him!"

"I've been giving it to him for over a month now and he likes it just fine," was her answer, and each week the woman continued to pick up a few cans of cat food for the salesman's lunch.

It couldn't have been but a few months later that the grocer happened to be scanning the obituary column in the local paper and noticed that the salesman, the local woman's husband had passed away.  That week when the woman came into his store, he couldn't resist saying, "I'm sorry to hear about your husband, but I warned you that he'd die if you kept feeding him cat food."

"It wasn't the cat food that killed him," she retorted.  "He broke his neck trying to lick his own butt!"

Moral of the story.  True sales professionals realize that there are usually a few butt-lickers in any sales organization.  While their rise to the top may be meteoric, their fall usually happens just as fast and just as unexpectedly.  True sales professionals also know that eating sandwiches alone, rather than grabbing a quick lunch with a prospect or client can easily lead to the end of one's sales career.  By the way, you now also know where the phrase "tongue in cheek" comes from.  Please use it with caution in the future.  It could be hazardous to your own professional "carear."

"The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath."
 -  W. C. Fields