Imagine this happening to you………..
- I was up late the night before, one of my children is sick
- At best I got 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep
- I wake up 3 minutes before the alarm
- I look in on my sick child
- Morning routine is nearly normal
- The puppy that was cute at Christmas isn’t so anymore
- The kitchen faucet leaks and I must shut off the water supply
- Traffic is unusually heavy due to accident on shoulder
- Must get new wiper blades and get oil changed
- Arrive at work just after my boss enters the building
9:15 AM My morning goes poorly. I have a 2:30 PM appointment with a sales rep that I wish I hadn’t made because of the unforeseen stuff going on. I wonder how my child is. Did I shut the water off on the faucet? What’s my water bill going to be? When is that project deadline? Is it lunch yet?
11 AM Project meeting to discuss milestones just before lunch, when’s the deadline? Meeting over early go to lunch. Call home and check on kid. Feeling better thanks for the call, should have asked about faucet.
11:45 AM Lunch off the truck, no time to go out, order from the grill. Is it legal to call this edible?
12:15 PM Return to office. I hate deadlines, they do not amuse me. Stomach a bit upset maybe I should have played it safe with a salad. Answer emails. Answer phones. Write proposals. Discuss new project with office staff.
2:20 PM My 2:30 appointment shows up early. I need to clear my mind for this person. Clear desk, check! Notepad, check! Pen, check!
2:30 PM Put smile on face and extend hand in friendship……………………..
3:15 PM That was a great meeting probably the best part of my day considering……Think I’ll call home and check on the kid. Phone rings, there’s an emergency that needs my attention………………
5:30 PM Emergency resolved. Time to go home.
- Traffic unusually heavy
- Wish I had those new wiper blades, this light rain is annoying
- Am I the only one on the road that really knows how to drive?
If you’ve never had a day like this then you’re about to. We all have days like this from time to time. We all have circumstances and it’s our attitude that determines how well we survive those days. The next day could be the best day you’ve ever had, ever.
Let’s take a look at that next day. You’re in your office and you jot a note down on an adhesive notepad that your 2:30 PM appointment from the day before left behind. You recall that time that the sales rep came in. You remember how good that meeting was. You remember how they complimented you on your recent accomplishments. Without a conscious thought about the notepad itself you were momentarily transported back to that afternoon meeting.
In all likelihood every time you jot down a note on that 25-sheet pad your mind will take you back to that time and person. That’s the power of promotional products.
Now let’s put the shoe on the other foot. You’re the sales rep going into the meeting. Remember that the person you’re going in to see might be having a bad day and it’s your job to drop some sunshine into their life. Smile be friendly and professional, polite and courteous.
Before you leave make sure you leave a promotional item or two. When you walk out of that office the person you just saw is going to return to the problems they were solving before you walked in the door. You’ll be out of their mind until they see that item you left behind.