07-22-2012 10:59 AM - edited 07-22-2015 03:36 AM
A salesman sobering up from the night before is sitting through the Sunday sermon, finding it long and boring. Still feeling hung over and tired, he soon nods off.
The priest has been watching the salesman all along, noticing his apparent hangover and is disgusted. At the end of the sermon, the preachers decides to make an example of him.
The priest says to his congregation, "All those wishing to have a place in heaven, please stand."
The whole congregation stands up except, of course, the sleeping salesman.
Then the priest says "Please be seated." And then he says even more loudly, "And he who would like to find a place down under with the devil, please stand up now!"
The weary salesman catching only the last part groggily stands up, only to find out that he's the only one standing. Confused and embarrassed the salesman says, "I don't know what we're voting on here, Father, but it sure seems like you and me are the only ones standing for it."
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that you should never stand up for anything until you know what you are standing up for. Your credibility is your personal greatest asset, so invest it wisely.
"In the end, you make your reputation and you have your success based upon credibility and being able to provide people who are really hungry for information what they want." - Brit Hume