When Calling High is Painful

Sometimes calling high (meeting with CIOs), works out and you get the deal. Other times they make you feel stupid and treat you like dirt.  When this happens, remember:

  • You are a profit center (if you are in sales), they are a cost center – overhead
  • You get paid on commission, generally commensurate with the work you put in
  • They are reliant on circumstances largely out of their reach, to make their bonus
  • If they display this type of inhumanity toward you as a sales rep, they probably have a handful of friends that only stay around for the perks.

Present your best face, constantly be a source of enthusiasm, and demonstrate genuine gratefulness for the position you hold, your mission to help others make wise buying decisions, and the opportunity for character development.

© David Stelzl, 2010

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