Happy Belly Laugh Day
By Tony Cole
You just cannot beat the everyday life of a sales person when it comes to funny stuff. Funny things can just happen and, as Gus says in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “There you go.” Enjoy these true stories… and send us one of your own!
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By Tony Cole, CEO, Anthony Cole Training Group
I’ve spent the last 60 minutes looking up sales jokes and some of them were funny, most of them middle of the road and the rest were… well, not good at all. Sound familiar?
That’s my attempt at sales management humor for this week’s edition of SALES BREW.
Humor is great. Get people smiling and laughing and it breaks down all kinds of the walls that keep people from getting to know each other and creating a more relaxed atmosphere. Not just in business, but also in general. A funny cartoon, a funny movie, a pun, a quick ad-libbed line. Something to just break the ice. But…
Not everyone can be funny. There is a certain skill and posture required to make humor work in a business setting. It takes being people smart and it takes a great sense of timing. If this isn’t you, then don’t even try. Having said that, funny things can just happen and, as Gus says in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “There you go.”
I was on a sales call to a small fitness center in Durant, Oklahoma. I drove up from Dallas in my Chevy Berlinneta. My box of stuff was in the back. I got out of the car, and locked the doors… but, as I stepped out of the car, I forgot and left the keys on the dash. Fortunately, the hatch was open, so I just crawled through the back of the car. So, as my client pulled up, I had my legs dangling out of the back of my car.
I had a client in California that was getting ready to make a presentation at a prison. As he got out of his car, his pants split from just below the zipper all the way to the back. He didn’t have much of a choice but to go in. He walked sheepishly into the prison, explained what had happened and the warden said, “No problem. Take those pants off and we’ll have them sewn up while you make your presentation.” He made the sale in his dress shoes, shirt, tie and boxers!
My favorite story, though, is from my sister-in-law, Jeni. Many of you know her as she is our CMO. She was calling on the purchasing agent of a rather large department chain here in Cincinnati. As she was making her pitch for them to buy more ad space from the Cincinnati Enquirer, she felt something under her dress. It was the middle of Cicada season and, sure enough, a cicada had managed to get up under her garments. That led to her jumping up out of her chair and waving her dress frantically up and down trying to get rid of the pesky insect.
You just cannot beat everyday life when it comes to funny stuff. Have a great Belly Laugh Day