In a random conversation today, an associate equated courting a vendor to conducting a romance. “It’s all just sales, right?” he said.
That being said… here’s where I’m stuck:
Is a person bad at romance because of a lack of sales skills? Or is a person weak at sales because of a lack of romantic experience?
Does “romancing” a prospective customer or supplier take the same basic skills as being in an emotional or physical relationship?
If this is all true, should proof of a long-term personal relationship be a prerequisite for a sales job?
Taking it to the illogical extreme, will the poor salesperson always end up a lonely schlub?