A Thanksgiving Lesson: “It’s on the receipt” by Bob Oros

by John Zajaros on November 23, 2011

First and Foremost: Happy Thanksgiving from The Zajaros Family

When is it appropriate to give thanks?

It’s on the receipt

by Bob Oros

A good friend of mine, Vern Holder, told me a great story that could save us a bunch of time.

He was getting ready to put on a presentation for one of his clients in the small town of Wilburton, Oklahoma, and needed to purchase several items at the local office supply store. The clerk checked him out and the total purchase was $320. Vern paid the clerk and then – there was silence.

Vern said to the young clerk,

“Don’t I even get a thank you?”

The clerk responded:

“It’s printed on the receipt.”

Since the words “thank you” are more than likely printed on your company invoice you don’t have to say “thank you” anymore! Think of how much easier your job has just become. One less thing you have to remember.

In our quest for being brief and getting more done we can even save a few keystrokes on our email and text messages by simply putting it in our signature. We no longer have to make the effort to type TKS or THX or THNX or TU or 10Q or THNQ.

For those of you who are in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or other distant lands where you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day, we take one day a year and show our gratitude, the rest of the year is a breeze. Based on the comment from the young man in Wilburton, Oklahoma, we don’t have to say thank you any more because it’s written on the receipt. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, 130,000,000 people are going to hit the stores to hunt down the good deals! Just think about how much quicker everyone will be able to get checked out without having the heavy responsibility of saying thank you!

However, there is another side of the equation that can come back and bite you…

In our effort to be brief and efficient, if saying “thank you” becomes TMTH (too much to handle) because TTTT (these things take time) your fate as a sales person is TBD (to be determined), because the TPTB (the powers that be), meaning your customers, may tell you to TAH (take a hike). TMOT (trust me on this), TNSTAAFL (there’s no such thing as a free lunch).

So, to be on the safe side and take the risk of being “old school” or “not hip” or not “in sync” with the young clerk in Wilburton, Oklahoma, I am going to spell it out for you.

For all of those in the U.S…

…Happy Thanksgiving – I sincerely thank you.

And for those of you who do not have a Thanksgiving day…

…a sincere thank you, a “high-five” for staying on my list and reading my stuff.

NOTE: Bob Oros and I have never met. We have never shared a meal. And yet, I consider Bob Oros a friend. Bob is my Send Out Cards sponsor.

Bob is “old school” in a lot of ways…but then, so am I!

One thing Bob and I are in complete agreement on?

How grateful we are to be young, and alive, and living our own lives on our own terms.

Yes, young!

Interestingly, Richard Branson, in his new book Screw Business as Usual (a must read by the way), claims he feels like, acts like, in fact is in his twenties.

I’m not sure I want to go back to my twenties…but I’ll take whatever the Man Upstairs (Higher Power, God, Whatever or Whomever you believe in) will give me.

I am indeed thankful for each and every day!

I am thankful for my family!

I am thankful for my students!

I am thankful for my clients!

I am thankful for my business success!

I am thankful for the new life I have been granted…thankful to be ALIVE!

And, I am very thankful for each and every one of you…

…grateful to have had our paths cross! 

I could easily go on for a week or so…

…so I’ll just say…

Happy Thanksgiving from The Zajaros Family

ASIDE: Bob Oros just published a hard copy 300 page book based on the emails he’s sent over the last dozen or so years. It is priceless…as is the man himself!

Take a look at www.SellingConfidential.com

Bob is The Real Deal, One of the Good Guys, and My Friend!

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PS, Happy Thanksgiving Bob!

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