Sales can be rough. Some reps deal with hard days by going for a coffee or listening to music. I'm always asking what salespeople's most effective motivation-boosting techniques are.
One of the most popular responses? Scrolling through funny sales memes, and short videos, or having a little fun with their email subject lines. Here are a few of my favorite sales jokes. Hope you get a nice little chuckle out of them.
1. When they tell you they need one more week to think it over … on the last week of the month.
A young salesperson peeped into the office of someone who looked like a sales manager, muttered something, then started walking away. After retreating a little he seemed to change his mind and headed back to the door -- where after some hesitation, he started to back away again. The sales manager, feeling sorry for the young man, and surprised that he was so badly trained, called him in.
"You're a salesperson aren't you? What are you selling?"
"Sir ... uh ... yes ... I'm a salesman. I'm sorry to bother you. I was selling insurance, but I'm sure you don't want any. Sorry to have wasted your time."
Feeling sorry for the young bungler, the sales manager bought two policies to give the young salesman some confidence and then started teaching him about selling. He said: "You should have different pre-planned approaches for different kinds of—"
"But I do, sir,” the young salesman interrupted, “the one I just used is my planned approach for sales managers. It always works. Thank you!"
A salesman was demonstrating unbreakable combs in a department store. He was impressing the people who stopped by to look by putting the comb through all sorts of torture and stress.
Finally to impress even the skeptics in the crowd, he bent the comb completely in half, and it snapped with a loud crack. Without missing a beat, he bravely held up both halves of the "unbreakable" comb for everyone to see and said, "And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what an unbreakable comb looks like on the inside."
12. Since we're all dog lovers at HubSpot (part 1)
The entire North American sales force of Frisky Dog Food was gathered together for their national sales convention at Miami Beach. In the great auditorium the marketing director was giving a performance that any revivalist would have been proud of. Using the old pattern of call and response, he was really working up the spirits of his sales team.
“Who’s got the greatest dog food in North America?” the marketing director asked.
“We have!” the audience replied.
“And who’s got the greatest advertising campaigns?”
“Who’s got the most attractive packages?”
“Who’s got the biggest distribution?”
“Okay. So why aren’t we selling more of the product?”