Have A Laugh Fridays – My Funniest Career Moments!

I had not read this in a long time and enjoyed a few laughs last night enjoying some old work memories. Hope you like it too!

As I was driving to a sales call yesterday, my thoughts suddenly turned to some of the funniest moments during my career! There has certainly been a lot of hard work along the way, but thankfully many laughs too.  Here is a short list of some of the best moments.

#1  “Hey look, it’s Captain High Liner!” – I pulled up to an elite golf course in the Rocky Mountains on a very rainy day. As I approached the pro shop with my yellow rain suit on (including suspenders) one of my co-workers yelled the above mentioned quote in front of many strangers.

#2 I pulled up to the valet parking area in my work van at a 5 star hotel in Calgary. I had just come back from setting up for a trade show, so I looked very casual, messy and tired. I hastily grabbed my suitcase and was going to take it with in to the lobby. Unfortunately I had opened the zipper on my suitcase earlier, and I spilled all of its contents on to the ground!

#3 “She had one of those stay-away-from-me-papers” – A manufacturing plant worker describes a scenario where a woman had a restraining order against him.

#4 “Hey boss, why did you fax me a copy of the weekly sales report and write SWEET month on it?” Well (he laughs), I actually wrote 5-WEEK month on it, but the way you are selling, it is a SWEET month too!”

#5 Manager to sales rep (after hitting a deer on the highway), “Why did you not slow down when you saw that deer on the road?”

Sales Rep to Manager, “I thought it was going to move.

#6 “If you hit that intercom button one more time, I am going to call the cops” – A customer’s response to the third time I hit the intercom button at their gated house in Australia. This was the one and only time I pushed too hard trying to get in somebody’s door to discuss the encyclopedia program I was selling.

#7 Back in the day, a co-worker was out a little late one night during a trade show on the road and had a few too many refreshments. When his “wake up call” came,  he picked up the phone, quickly hung up and struggled to the shower. One problem.. it was the middle of the night, and the phone call was their mother-in-law saying his wife had gone in to labour late that night and had the baby.

#8 I had a “communication breakdown” with two experienced reps that I called “My Two Dads” about picking them up for a trade show. I called their hotel room a couple of times – no answer. They were not down in the lobby either. So I left them at the hotel. I can still vividly recall one of them glaring at me intensely as the President of the Company commented on their tardiness!

Wow! I could probably have Part 2 & 3 of this later. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend everyone!

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About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on May 9, 2014, in Have A Laugh Fridays and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Good Stories!!! I’m still laughing about the Highlighter….. LOL

    • So that was funny! But truth be told, I mean yellow rain suit like Captain High Liner from the boxes of frozen fish! I love Hilighter though too! Have a great weekend..

  2. This brings back a few memories like the time I took the President and a VP of my last company to see an important client who had moved offices across town without telling me. I didn’t look like I had the close relationship that I had told them that I had with this guy, until we got in the room (late).

    Also the time when I was in the military and got extra duties for sleeping in late. I used that to my advantage by using the quiet time that evening to write my name in the blank space on the board for the plum posting that was coming up. I did it as a joke because I knew I was in the dog-house and thought everyone would know who had done it. Happily Everyone thought Someone Else had written it so No-one questioned it and I got the posting – To Canada and so started a 12 year chain of events that led me to living here today. You make your own luck eh!

    • Hey Rupert! Thanks for sharing. Those are both awesome stories. I can only imagine the horrible feeling in your stomach when you had to ride across town with your “tail between your legs” with the execs in tow!

      Have a great night and thanks for taking the time to comment…

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