Not bad for a novice

October 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm 1 comment

I had known from the start that I could do this but still I was a little nervous but I knew once I got the ball rolling I would be fine. It was just a nuisance that I had woken up on Monday morning with a very sore throat. As the week progressed so did my head cold. Why now? why this week did I have to go and get a stupid head cold, this wasn’t going to help my cause one bit. This time I kept myself dosed up with pain relief, had early nights and allowed myself to nap in the evenings. I did go to the gym but did less work than I would normally put in.

Thursday night I went to bed early but was woken up coughing at 2am, 2am!! This was not good but numerous tissues later I was able to return to my slumbers until the coughing restarted. Getting up thinking it was 6am and time to prepare for my  big day. Once my eyes had focussed properly  I realised it was only 5am !! arggg that’s a whole hour of much needed slumber  gone never to be regained. I just hoped that the lack of sleep wouldn’t give my eyes that deep red look that occurs after too little sleep. That wouldn’t help to make a great first impression.

I made the most of the extra hour awake by google mapping to see exactly  where I was going and what to look out for. Why had I not thought of that before? It was an obvious thing to do once I thought of it. Having showered and eaten my breakfast I dressed carefully. Starting with matching lingerie and black hold up stockings ……yes I know that only I would know but it gives me an added confidence. I believe that if I feel good about what I am wearing underneath then I feel good on the outside too. (I guess its the secret smile of knowing that others don’t know about the sexy underwear) anyway it works for me. Topping this off with soft swingy  faux wrap around style black skirt, plain plum coloured top and long length black jacket and patent black heels. A touch of make up to make my face feel more human, purple heart shaped earings and a simple tear drop pendant and I was ready for this adventure.

As I began my drive there were patches of lingering mist over the fields beside the motorway but the sun was burning through, thank goodness the rain of the previous days had stopped. Turning onto the A272 a road I had been very familiar with in my youth (the many journeys between our family home in Kent and my grandparents in Dorset) it’s amazing how 30+ years just disappear down memory lane. I have only been on that road a few times in the 24 yrs I have lived down here.

My first stop was in Midhurst, where Cowdray Park is, changed from my flat driving shoes to the heels I walked into the shop feeling a little tense. The first person I saw was the lady my appointment was with. She was very friendly and explained the changes that the new owners of the group of shops had brought about. She was already organised with a purchase order written out but while we talked she added a few extra lines to her order. She asked me to pass on her regards to my manager and if I speak to him the Area Rep who had retired in June. I walked out of there feeling that it hadn’t been a bad experience at all even if I had been a little tense.

Continuing along A272 I got stuck behind a large tractor for miles then when I finally got away from him I found myself  stuck behind a tanker! on a hill !! Mind you he made up for it on the down side of the hill, my little car couldn’t keep up with him …..not that I was trying. Next stop the person I was due to see was off sick (had been all week) but I saw the owner instead. This time I showed him the samples of new products I had with me right away (I hadn’t shown them at all at the first customer). He was very keen and immediately ordered several of the new lines. This gave me a new confidence in what I was doing, it is so much easier to demonstrate a new product than trying to explain it on the phone. Together we made up quite a big order, he was quite impressed with my product knowledge.

Leaving there my confidence was growing but so was my need to find a convenience. I had reached the A23 before I found a  likely looking service station. Pulling up as close as I could to the entrance of the shop I rushed in found the toilets and found it most disconcerting to find myself looking directly into a mirror whilst I was sitting there. It must have been a very strange person who decided to put that there.

It was a slow drive into a grey drizzly Brighton (no more sun for me today). My sat nav took me to a road that overlooked my destination from above roof level. The steep incline had been closed off with bollards. But I managed to find my way there using my homing pigeon instinct. This time it was a very different type of business that I was visiting and an order was not forth coming as they had only recently received stock from us. But I was able to go through the new products and talk to the buyer about the quote my colleague had recently done for him. I was also able to give the office feed back about what he does stock from other companies.

Going to my next stop I managed to take a wrong turn which confused the sat nav just as much as it did me but eventually I found where I was heading for. Again I found myself in a crowded shop, you could probably buy almost anything (apart from food, clothes or furniture) in this small store. Again I managed to get a decent purchase order and give advice on a range of goods to replace a range he already did. Another fruitful visit under my belt.

One more visit in Hove then onwards to my last stop in Worthing. I was very impressed with the huge store (part of a complex of several outlets that were all part of the same company).  Again the customer had only recently had a purchase order but did take my samples off me …lucky for him he was my last stop of the day. I also noticed two branches of other companies we supply were in close proximity. Perhaps I shall arrange to visit them also next time I am here.

Leaving there I phoned the office just as they were about to go home, to report that I had finished and got 3 orders from 6 visits. A better ratio than most of our full time Area Reps and Agents 🙂

Apparently next Friday I am going to North Kent ……..I wonder where else this novice sales rep will be going.

I only wore the heels for the very first visit after that I kept my driving flats on. I don’t think the customers noticed even if it did make me feel a tad flat.

My head cold had the decency to behave itself during the day although my sinuses were giving me a headache I did manage to forget about during each visit. My self medication seems to have helped shorten the life of this head cold however I did pay for it during Friday night.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. letouttoplay  |  November 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations it sounds like a very successful trip. You’re flying high! It must be more fun getting out and meeting the clients than sitting in an office and wondering what they and their shops are like.


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