March 10, 2010 by Charlie Walker
Posted in: communication, In this week's e-newsletter - Sales & Marketing, Latest News & Views - Sales & Marketing
Even the best salespeople can slip up while giving an otherwise great presentation. For example:
Did you hear the true story about the salesman who regularly regaled a customer with tales of his drunken escapades — until the customer told him he was a Mormon?
The salesperson apologized — and then asked, “How many wives do you have?”
That’s an “oops!” moment. And they can be funny — as long as they don’t happen on your watch.
Seven other real-life examples of the stupidest things ever said in sales meetings:
- “We flew to a client, and the head of the department came to the lobby to tell us that our key contact had died during the night. And my boss said, ‘Well, who’s her replacement? We flew up here and expect to present to someone.’”
- “I was working for Dr Pepper. A vendor catered lunch at headquarters. With Coke products.”
- An all-male ad agency team told the female marketing team that they understood tampons better than the women.
- A seller told a customer: “What’s your title? We usually present to someone higher than you.”
- One customer said people often stereotype Southerners. Like the time a rep said, “When I hear your accent, I start deducting IQ points.”
- One manager dropped in on a sales presentation for a few minutes, and then she left. The rep then asked: “Your boss is smokin’. Is she single?”
- A customer was unimpressed when his name was misspelled on the first slide of the presentation. His name? Smith.
Source: “14 of the Stupidest Things Ever said in Sales Meetings,” by Jim Nichols
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard? Tell us in the Comments Box below.