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!
Dave Fleming is a Corporate Comedian that I discovered last spring. This is one of two videos that I used for Have A Laugh Fridays at that time. One of these three clips talks about food in the office lunchroom. It is very funny.
I got thinking about food at the office because one of our employees brought in two pies yesterday. It was apparently “Pie Day”. I take all holidays very seriously so we were excited about the deserts. One problem – it was “Pi Day” and not “Pie Day”.
You know Pi…. the mathematical symbol for 3.14 …. and on and on it goes. Yesterday was March 14 (3-14) so I guess somebody was very clever with that one. I am sure lots of pie was still consumed though!
Enjoy your weekend!
My first instinct when I went searching for a Have A Laugh Friday content this week was to hunt for job interview videos.
I really hit a home run with this one, and it was the first video I watched last night!
This guy has some sort of “Zach Galifianakis/Jack Black thing” going on, and I absolutely loved it. The interviewer is priceless as well.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Have a great weekend.
Doug Grady is President of The High Achievers Network, plays a mean guitar, and can sing too!
Check out this classic tune with a business twist.
You can see what else Doug is up to at http://highachieversnetwork.com
Have a great weekend.
If you don’t know who Terry Tate is, you will after this 4 1/2 minute gem on sensitivity training!
Not much I can say other than make sure you really know who you are taking on a joint sales call! Have a great weekend….
My recent post on customer service inspired me to look for customer service related content for Have A Laugh Fridays this week. I hit a home run with this car rental gem!
As some of you know, I lived and breathed car rental for over two and a half years for my first job out of university. As I watched this I of course laughed, but I also had flashbacks to all of those irate customers over the years. Enjoy!