July 24, 2007

Which Way?!?

Well, yesterday was certainly......interesting.

My first scheduled stop was in a small town in Wisconsin. I printed out my google maps and got on my way.

Only to discover that the entire TOWN was tore up thanks to construction. Along with the detours that plagued me, I had to deal with missing street/highway signs.

To say I got lost would be understating the obvious. Lucky for me, my customer has a great sense of humor and talked me in.

After a really good meeting I prepared to leave. Seems he was on his way out also and offered to "lead me" to the highway. Cool.

So, I get in the car and follow away. And checked my voicemail. And rechecked the address/directions for the next call. And answered the phone.

I've GOT to stop doing that.

I just ended one call when the phone rang again. I answer. It's the customer that I just met with.

Cust: Tammi? Did you just head west on I94?
Tammi: Yes
Cust: You need to go east. Tammi, you're going the wrong way.
Cust: I just looked in my rear-view mirror and you were gone so I figured that's what you did.

Folks? This is the first time I've met or talked with this guy. I'm thinkin' that probably isn't the impression I wanted to leave him with.


The good news is, I got turned around (the thing I do best in driving!) and found the next stop no problem! WooHoo.

Had a great meeting, gonna open a fabulous new account that should blow the Milwaukee market wide open! Yeah!!!

During our meeting we were interrupted several times with customers comin' in. Now, I believe if I'm in the store and a customer walks in, I should help out if I can. So I did.

There was this very sweet newly widowed woman who wanted/needed a new bed. But the kicker was she wanted ME to pick it out for her.

You can't do that! Everyone likes something different. Everyone NEEDS something different.

So I finally go her to lay down on the beds. The way I did that? Lay down with her.

Yeah, so here I am...in a brand new account.......layin' with this sweet old lady, on all these different beds, helpin' her discover if she needs her mattress firm or extra firm.

It's been a while since I've done that.....and let me tell you. It's kind of a surreal experience to find yourself laying on a mattress with a complete stranger having a conversation. Trust me. It is.

The trip home was......long.

Cause you know I missed the turn-off for the shortcut. Yep, ended up driving an hour out of my way. But...the good news is I made it. And today? Today I'm pickin' up my GPS system.

Cause, while it ended up a pretty damned good day, I'd really rather not go through all that again!

Posted by Tammi at July 24, 2007 07:39 AM | TrackBack

So, what are you gonna do once you have the GPS and don't get lost anymore? *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at July 24, 2007 10:48 AM

"...laying on a mattress with a complete stranger having a conversation."

That is SO 80's!

Posted by: Raging Mom at July 24, 2007 11:36 AM

Ok, it looks as if I'm going to have to help you out since you won't switch to Verizon to get their GPS.



Posted by: ktreva at July 24, 2007 05:55 PM
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