Thursday, January 01, 2015

Sales Joke of the Day (January 1) The Hangover.

It's January the first and the salesman wakes up with a huge hangover after the New Year's Eve party the night before.  The salesman is not usually a drinker but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.

The salesman had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose! The salesman sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.

The salesman takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

The salesman stumbles into the kitchen and sure enough, there is a hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee, and the morning newspaper all waiting for him. His son is also at the table, eating. The salesman asks, "Son... what happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 in the morning, drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door."

Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?"

His son replies, "Oh THAT!  Well, Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off and put you to bed, you screamed, 'Leave me alone!  Leave me alone!  I'm married!'"

Moral of the story.    True sales professionals know that loyalty goes a long way.    If in times of change or crisis, you are loyal to your customers and genuinely care about their interests; your customers in turn will overlook your shortcomings and do everything they can to continue the relationship.
"Overspending is as certain a part of the holiday season as overeating.  But pushing away from both the table and the cash register at least a little bit sooner can make the post-holiday hangover hurt a little bit less."      -  Jeffrey Kluger