That’s the way it goes when you’re giving away free food.
At least, people are grateful the majority of the time.
Today I was out on sales calls working for the store to generate repeat and new business. Today I took out cookie trays and gave them to folks that have ordered before, and a couple places that haven’t ordered yet but that I had already visited with box lunches. I stopped at 9 different places and at all nine places, the people there were ready to accept the cookies. Some were short with me, and others wanted more information. You take the good with the bad.
At one particular stop- I won’t name any names for the sake of protecting my prospects- I stopped in to give them the free cookies. I recognized the receptionist as she was the one there when I came last to give them two free box lunches. As she was last time, she was brief with me, accepted but behaved as if she didn’t have time to chat. There was however, 3 other people standing in the room. They overheard that I was dropping off cookies and when I looked around the room, their faces were delighted, and they all started cheering! I smiled and told them that I was happy to make their day a little bit better. In hindsight, I should have taken that opportunity to talk to them a little bit more, as they seemed excited to see me. That’s something I will do better next time.
What I wanted to highlight here is that as a struggling salesperson, who is only beginning to have success at the right job after 7 years of selling, it’s nice to have the experience of transforming someone’s day with what you do. Maybe it won’t make their entire day better, but it did make that moment better by bringing cheer, happiness, and joking into the place. As someone who is quitting cigarettes, was told by a psychic that I should work with my hands instead of being in sales, and have been back and forth between whether I should move on somewhere new or stay where I am, that experience was priceless. It’s not as good as someone calling you after you’ve been there telling you they want to place a 40 box lunch order, but it’s still good. It makes me believe I’m doing the right thing. Food is good. We need food to live. I am supporting life by doing what I’m doing, and not only is it just any food, it’s good food.
So I just wanted to come to you today with that brief story about how my day was a little better because I got up this morning and did something that takes courage. As a schizophrenic it’s not easy to sell, nor is it for anyone, but those moments make it worth while when everyone is cheering because you did your job. I give the company all of the credit because they are the ones giving me the product to distribute for free. All I have to do is smile, give, followup and ask questions. Really I do have a lot to do, but the company makes it easy on me. Most people want the gift of free food. When your in sales, have been doing it a long time with limited success, it’s a blessing to have the kind of job I have. I just hope that I can keep doing my job.
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