Sales and profits are serious business. There is no doubt that a business cannot do without these essential elements. But, why not have a little fun on your way to success? The following amusing anecdotes are meant to lighten your heart and maybe even your workload in an increasingly tough market.
A salesman came into the office from the field looking dejected. He told his manager, "Well, Mr. Thompson, I have good news and bad news about our old client, ABC Widgets."
The sales manager let out a cautious sigh and said, "Okay, tell me the good news."
The salesman shrugged and smiled sheepishly. "They're happy with our refund policy."
A Little Healthy Competition
Two salesmen, Jack and Bill were on a camping trip to blow off steam after meeting a grueling sales challenge. While setting up camp, both of them notice a large grizzly bear a hundred yards across a ravine charging their location. Jack frantically digs through his backpack, pulls out his running shoes and starts putting them on. Bill remarks, "Those won't help you outrun the bear!" Jack replies, "I only need to outrun you."
Sometimes second place is as good as last place. People remember firsts, but rarely if ever, seconds.
At a sales training seminar, the instructor told her group of bright-eyed new sales people, "The most important ingredient of your sales repertoire is sincerity. Once you can fake that, the rest is easy."
Now, imagine how much farther you could go with real sincerity. It's breath-taking!
At a recent business meeting, the executive vice president of sales presented a slide show to explain the results of the quarter. The first slide said, "We made millions in profits." Promptly, the CEO stood and said, "That's good enough for me, guys. I don't need to know the details...."
Wouldn't it be nice if everything in life were that simple?
Making it All Easy
It seems that being a savvy chief executive doesn't take much these days. One lead executive was heard remarking to his secretary, "Ms. Jenkins, have sales do that thing where profits go up."
Needless to say, he viewed sales as the proverbial "black box"—no need to know what goes on inside. Only the inputs and the outputs are important. And wouldn't it be nice if you could treat sales and marketing that way? What if you could outsource the entire operation? The possibilities seem endless....
* B2B lead generation
* B2B sales outsourcing
* Demand generation
* Lead qualification
* Lead scoring
* Appointment setting services
* Sales management consulting
* Event marketing services
* Event registration services