I try not to rant to often but sometimes it’s hard to contain myself.

What brought this on you may ask. Well, recently I’ve been getting many many requests to enter into a mutually beneficial work relationship which turns out to be the ‘new’ way of trying to get a foot in the door for a sales person and try and push their products / services in that same proverbial door.

Does this work?

Certainly not with me. The opposite is what really happens as the moment I realize this, which is normally within the first few seconds or lines, as it rubs me the wrong way. Why can’t you be honest and say that you think you might have a product or service that is relevant for me or the company I work for or represent at that moment? That way you give me the chance to quickly check what or why and continue, or not, the conversation in such a way that is truly mutually beneficial.
When did that sales person start to think it might be a good idea to start off a new possible working relationship with a lie?

Please, sales people, we all know that cold calling isn’t pleasant, but starting it with a lie won’t get you the work. And even if you do get the work, for now, it generally doesn’t lead to a working relationship that makes both sides truly happy and therefore, it will often be a short-lived connection which often leaves a bitter aftertaste with one of both parties. And don’t just think that that short-lived connection did get you the much desired bonus that you were after as just aiming for this makes for a very shallow life and you miss out on a lot of truly beautiful (professional) connections.

Ok, rant over.
Now all I can do is hope that I won’t get any of those ‘mutually beneficial’ offers anymore, but, to be honest, I think I’m hoping for the impossible there …

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