Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (May 7) The Goony Bird.

After many years of marriage, a salesman had turned into a couch potato.  He had become completely inattentive to his wife and sat guzzling beer and watching TV all day.  His wife was dismayed because no matter what she did to attract her husband's attention, he'd just shrug her off with some bored comment.

This went on for many months and the salesman's wife was going crazy with boredom.  then one day at a pet store, the wife saw this big, ugly, snoring bird with a hairy chest, powerful hairy forearms, beady eyes and dribble running down the side of its mouth.

The shopkeeper, observing her fascination with the bird, told her it was a special imported "Goony Bird" and it had a very peculiar trait.  To demonstrate he exclaimed, "Goony bird! The table!"

Immediately, the Goony bird flew off its perch and with single-minded fury attacked the table and smashed it into a hundred little pieces with its powerful forearms and claws!  To demonstrate some more, the shopkeeper said, "Goony bird!   The shelf!"

Again the Goony bird turned to the shelf and demolished it in seconds.

"Wow!" said the salesman's wife.  "If this doesn't get my husband's attention, nothing will!"  So she bought the Goony bird and took it home.

When she entered the house, the husband was, as usual, sprawled on the sofa guzzling beer and watching the game.   "Honey!" she yelled.   "I've got a surprise for you!  It's called a Goony bird!"

The salesman in his usual bored tone replied, "Goony Bird, my foot!"

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals know that staying attentive at all times with customers and prospects is essential to success.  Never appear as if you are just going through the motions, or in all likelihood, your customers and prospects will interpret this lack of enthusiasm as boredom and will soon give you the boot!"

"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives:  where we focus our attention."     -  Greg Anderson