February 14th for Sales Reps

You might have read this story before, but it bears repeating, the sales tip is new and you could use the laughs…

I’m newly married and Valentine’s Day is creeping up. What do I do? Well, everything I stand for in selling is about standing out from everyone else.

So I thought everyone gets roses, I’ll be different and get something truly unique. My Princess Bride will be overjoyed at my creativity.

But what would I do? Then it hit me. Remember Venus – Goddess of Love from mythology? I’ll do something related to Venus.

So I got her a plant – a Venus Flytrap.

You know, they’re the little plants that slam shut on insects when they crawl into them. Digestive juices begin to dissolve the little bugs which end up as plant food.

Then I felt bad at the store buying them, they were so inexpensive.

But I felt better by getting her two.

Gotta be honest, it didn’t go over very well.

But I realized later what I was doing was perfect from a salesperson’s perspective. It just wasn’t the wisest thing to do with my wife.

Our job is to distinguish ourselves from everyone else who sells. So I resisted roses because I wanted to stand out in my gift-giving.

Well I now know that I’ve already “sold” my bride on me. She “bought” the day she said yes to “Will you marry me?” And she proved there was no buyer’s remorse when she said “I do.”

But you do still have to separate yourself from other sales reps. How are you doing that? Get creative and have fun. And please let me know what you come up with.

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