August 16, 2007

Fine Line

There's some swappin' of accounts going on right now. It's a really good thing, it'll give the customers better attention and not stretch the reps nearly so far. of my guys is having a fit! He does not like the rep that has been assigned to him. Not because he knows him. Because he knows OF him.

He knows that the rep parties with some of the sales associates of his biggest competitor. I know that too, but I sure as hell didn't bring it up. He's afraid that he'll lose his confidentiality. I've been working very hard at assuring him it'll all be just fine.

BUT....that is precisely why I do NOT socialize with my customers. For that very reason. It's a very small world, and all I've got is my reputation. I don't need any of that kind of grief. ESPECIALLY being a single woman, yeah....we all know what kind of talk that leads to.

And it's why I'm so isolated. I build relationships with my customers but I would never call it friendships. Not anymore. Not in this industry.

I work. And I hang out with some of y'all. But I don't have time to go out and meet people. Hell, I'm barely keeping up now.....If I started playin' every night I'd never get anything done.

So it's part and parcel of my career. Kinda sucks sometimes, but it's my choice. One I feel is best for me.

But then again.....I'm kind of old school.

Posted by Tammi at August 16, 2007 11:38 AM | TrackBack

You're playing it EXACTLY right, Tammi.

Posted by: Graumagus at August 16, 2007 12:42 PM

I don't like to socialize with my suppliers or customers either, it can make things kind of wierd and they eventually will ask for a work related favor because of said friendship and then that puts you in an even worse spot.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 16, 2007 02:12 PM
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