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!
- Story Telling
I recently watched the Garth Brooks “Live At The Wynn” concert and I was completely blown away – especially by his ability to tell a FANTASTIC story!
I am going to keep this short and sweet, and let you really think about those three words as you continue to spread your message.
If you want me to dig a little deeper, just let me know 🙂