Saturday, September 3 – Monday, September 5

Confounding all expectations, I actually had a good day on Saturday.  In fact it was my first day in three weeks that I’d dare call a success.  What makes it all the more remarkable is that I worked for only three hours, and in a not-very-busy exurban location.  On Friday I spent seven hours in a jammed urban location and did far worse.  Go figure.  What I’m hoping is that Saturday is not just a fluke, but instead marks a change in the way I do business and will be followed by more success.  What gives me a measure of hope is that I made some subtle changes in my approach to potential customers, and these seem to have worked.

Based on this better performance I decided that I had earned the right to return to the gym for the first time in weeks.  On Saturday, I started out with some bench pressing, keeping things relatively light given the long layoff: 6 x 135, 6 x 165, 6 x 185, 6 x 205, 3 x 3 x 225, 6 x 185.  Nine total reps at 225 isn’t much, but it’s a start.  Next came some cable curls, 4 x 10 x 110.  These were easy.  I finished with Hammer Strength MTS shoulder presses, 3 x 8 x 100/100.  The first set was very east, the second a bit tougher, and I barely made it through the third.

Sunday I concentrated on back work.  One-arm dumbbell rows are my favorite back exercise, but as they’re fairly tough I decided to try something a bit easier this time out.  Hammer Strength MTS high rows: 4 x 8 x 110/110.  Life Fitness lower back extensions: 4 x 10 x 210.  Cable low rows: 3 x 8 x 160.

Monday was sort of an off day, being Labor Day.  Going to the gym wasn’t possible, as it was open only until noon, and of course I consider morning exercise to be a loathsome barbaric practice.  In the late morning/early afternoon I spent a couple of hours at a nearby work location, without much success.  While there was a fairly high number of people at the location, most were in too much of a rush to want to discuss the products and/or services I was offering.  For a few moments I thought I had one potential customer on the hook, but despite my best efforts I couldn’t get to the close.

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Wednesday, August 31 – Friday, September 2

I hoping these are just the pre-holiday doldrums

It should go without saying that I was not terribly pleased with my performance these past three days.  Wednesday was lousy even though I was at a fairly upscale sales location, Thursday I was sent back to the same location but did somewhat better.  Nothing spectacular, but a whole lot better than the previous day.  It was Friday that was the strangest of all.  For the first time since starting a JKL Sales Corporation in June I was sent to a location in Queens, a very busy location.  No exaggeration, I probably saw more potential customers in an hour than I’ll see all day at most Suffolk locations.  Note that the key word is potential.  Just because my paths crossed with so many people didn’t mean that I actually was able to sell to them.  The entire day was an exercise in frustration, not to mention all the gasoline I used.  I am really hoping that things pick up after the holiday weekend, in fact based on some things I’ve heard from other employees that may in fact be the case.  We’ll see.

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Monday, August 29 – Tuesday, August 30

Post-storm repurcussions

Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene may not have lived up to all the hype, at least outside of Upstate New York and northern New England, but it did leave at least 200,000 people without power on Long Island.  I didn’t lose power, but that doesn’t mean that I was unaffected.  After an early trip to the Nassau County office, I went to the day’s work location not far from me.  While that location had power – it would have made no sense to be there if it didn’t – many of the customers who came to the location were still in the dark.  That did not work out well for me.  People who were without power weren’t in much of a mood to hear about the products and/or services I was offering.  I can’t blame them.  As a result, I did poorly, which isn’t good in any situation but was especially bad after last week’s lousy performance.  Things were somewhat better on Tuesday, which I spent at an East End location where I haven’t previously been.  It seems like a nice territory and I’d like to return soon.

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