Humor: Gift Basket for a Customer

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Gift BasketWhen I was first working in sales, a rather strange happening occurred. One of our other reps had taken one of our sales engineers with him on a sales call. The engineer tended to be a bit nervous in front of customers, but I, and others, had assured him he would be fine, and off he went.

Apparently the sales call went relatively well, but the sale rep returned without the engineer. When I asked why, well, I was surprised with the answer.

The customer had a number of questions about our product and was designing it into his product, but needed some guidance. Our engineer calmly and clearly answered all of his questions, and when the meeting was finished, he asked the customer if he had a waste basket in his office. The customer said yes, and the engineer asked for the waste basket.

The customer thought it was an odd request, as did our sales rep, but he handed over the waste basket to our engineer. He took it, thanked the customer, and proceeded to throw up into the basket.

Perhaps not the worst sales call, but certainly the worst ending to a sales call.

     Courtesy salespop.com (http://salespop.com)

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