Tough Love Lessons – Are You Just the Life of the Party….
Or Do You Actually Bring Something To The “Business Party”?
I am going to have a recurring theme on my blog called “Tough Love Lessons”. I will warn you in advance, they tone of these posts will be “in your face”, and may not apply to you. But there are people out there who need wake up calls in a variety of areas. If you know anyone who this applies to, please share the post with them.
For those of you who are already in the sales profession, or are thinking about a sales career, there are many opportunities to entertain customers and/or prospects. Events like lunches, dinners, golf tournaments, and trade shows are very common.
These are excellent opportunities to get to know people better, but there is also the potential to embarrass yourself! If you have consumed too many refreshments (or whatever else), you are going to look very silly.
Many people have gotten a “pass” at least one time in their careers for foolish behaviour, but if it becomes the rule that you are the “life of the party”, your credibility is thrown right out the window.
During my career, I have often laughed at the comment,
“He’s a great guy (or she’s a great girl)” for one reason……
But there is usually a “BUT” after.
In this scenario, the sales rep is great to socialize with, but they don’t really bring anything to the “business party”. This is a horrible stigma to have during your career. They are fun to be around, but they are not doing their job! OUCH.
Doing your job to the best of your ability is why people should remember you first.
This is not a 9-5, Monday to Friday type career; so if you are thinking about the profession for “free fun”, think again. There is so much more to it than that!
If you get a bad reputation early in your sales career, you are done. I have seen it happen, and don’t think that you would not be blacklisted as a “party-rep” too.
Oh yeah, one last thing….
You never want to be remembered as “that guy” or “that girl”.
This is the person that was a “memorable fool” at a business event, and people talked about them for years later when recalling the stupidity that transpired.
Never be that person who is late for a trade show or training sessions that management has paid good money for you to attend. Drag yourself to the event no matter what, or you may be looking for a new job sooner than later.
Posted on April 17, 2013, in Rewind, Sales, Tough Love Lessons and tagged Employment, Focus, Leadership, Life of the Party, Management, Selling, Success. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
Some strong advice, and valid. It’s fine to party, but only to the extent that you return fully functional the next day.
As a trainer who is lucky enough to go and train in some exotic locations I occasionally encounter people who have come to the class to build their skills, but instead build a reputation as “that guy/girl” in exactly the way you describe.
Yes being “that guy/girl” can give you a reputation that you don’t want for years to come! Being fully functional the next day is mandatory. Thanks for stopping by….
I’m with you 100% on this topic Tim! I have seen it, and when I see someone who was the life of the party even years later, guess what pops into my head? Yep them being the fool… Have fun but stay away from the lamp shades and table top dancing 🙂
Ha ha! Yes words to live by Tina. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am sure we all have a few stories to share on this topic…
I think we all have a few of these stories to tell 🙂
Echoing Peter, I once facilitated a training where a participant embarrassed himself in a very career limiting way in front of his boss, his boss’ boss, and about 20 of his peers and co-workers. It was a horrific train wreck. He was early career enough that he might have been forgiven. Maybe.
Rule of thumb: drink less than your boss/key client and call it a night when they do. Benefit from their hard learned experience.
Sometimes there are valuable lessons learned with these slip-ups Broc. Hope they were able to rebound from that! Have a great day…