New Employee Has Only One Sale

Working in sales is very challenging. You have to have a certain sort of personality and you have to be creative and relentless. I learned long ago that I’m not a good salesperson, but some people do really well at it and earn a good living. Certainly, you can learn tips and tricks to be a better salesperson, but typically, it’s an innate talent that the right person has been putting to use for all of his or her life. From my understanding, first, you have to relate to your customers. You have to put yourself in their shoes and try to think as they would think. Then, you have to find a need and fill it. The man in the joke below didn’t even know he had a certain need, but the brand new sales clerk knew just how to sell to him. Enjoy this hilarious joke.

A young guy from North Dakota moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job. The manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?” The kid says “Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Dakota.” Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he’d give him a shot, so he gave him the job. “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.

“How many customers bought something from you today?” The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, “One”.

The boss says “Just one?!!? Our salespeople average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day. That will have to change, and soon, if you’d like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Dakota, but you’re not on the farm anymore, son.”

The kid took his verbal beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked (semi-sarcastically), “So, how much was your one sale for?”

The kid looks up at his boss and says “$101,237.65″.

The boss, astonished, says “$101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?”

The kid says, “Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin-engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Ford Expedition.”

The boss said, “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?” The kid said “No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.’”

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