Funny things that happened today:
Today, I went to lunch with customers. Ten of them. And we ate at a local barbeque place.
The restaurant filled up. I looked around, and I knew someone at every table - they were all salespeople. And none of them were with customers - they were with fellow co-workers. I had the only customers in the place. Craziness. That doesn't happen often! My customers were teasing me about running for mayor.
After I dropped the customers back at their office, I went to my office to ready for 1:30 p.m. appointment. Picking up two co-workers, we're driving out of our parking garage. I turn to them and say, "Can y'all smell barbeque? That's what we ate today, and I swear, that's all I can smell." They assured me they couldn't smell anything, and off we drove to the 1:30 appointment. We get into the VP's office, and conduct our meeting. Everything went well, and we returned to the office. I get to my desk, check my emails. I'm returning a call on speaker phone, and look down at my desk, and catch something peripherally. There is a small 1/8" piece of brisket on my chest. I guess I'd been wearing it as a badge of honor for the last 2 hours. Oh, no, you didn't, you say. Oh, yes, I did. I think the sale was successful. Who says aromatherapy doesn't work on my customers?
I met a saleswoman friend, Connie, at Starbucks for a drink and to network. While we were there, a young man came in and delivered quinceanara invitations to a customer. They were so striking, I asked to look at them. The young woman showed me her invitations, and I got the young man's business card. I can spot talent a mile away, and this man has it in spades. Connie and I started talking to him, and referred him to several events upcoming in the Basin that might welcome his photography skills. His work is amazing. He jumped right on it, and probably will be working his way into these agencies and helping them out. It will be a win-win for everyone, I promise. I love it when stuff like this falls together, it's so much fun!
Later this afternoon, I called one of the VP's in the office to tell him of a recent (in the last 5 minutes) sale. It was after 6 p.m., so I thought he was at home. "Mark, I hate to bother you." I can hear mumbling, and laughing. "I'm sorry - did you just walk through the door at the house?" "No," he said. "I said, I'm next door...in my office." Yeah. I felt s.t.u.p.i.d. But we had a good laugh!
It's never boring around here!