This post on another blog discusses the use of fishbowls in businesses and getting leads.
Please read the full post and the comments for the full effect - it is priceless.
Basically, this former consultant lied her way into being able to place a fishbowl in a local establishment (promising to buy a gift certificate for the winner of the drawing - which, by her own admission, she never did), and then called all of the leads and they all won the same thing - a free facial. Maybe some products. But everyone "won" the same thing.
This consultant goes on to say that she had over 500 customers this way! 500! But she wasn't making money.
In all of the comments on the blog, no one says ANYTHING negative about her dishonesty! "Poor, poor, lying former consultant....thank you so much for baring your soul....." Gag me.
It's not like she gave her NAME or anything....so how wonderful is her confession? Whatever. I'll guarantee that she really messed things up for any other consultant who approaches those same business owners. Great. Thanks.
Her last few sentences sum it up nicely:
- "So, just to summarize, I stole from the store I had my bag or box in, I lied to over 500 people, I ruined the lives of all the people I recruited, and I didn't really make a dime.
Wow. I'm so proud of myself. I wish all you consultants out there who are fish bowling the best of luck, because I know it's hard to look yourself in the face when you are robbing yourself of dignity and innocent people of money and time."
So, IF I were allowed to post a comment on that blog (which I can't - been banned, don't ya know), it would run something like this:
"You lied. You stole. Does it surprise you at all that you did horribly as a businessperson? Does it surprise you that people did not want to hear from you? Does it surprise you that you were unable to form a lasting business relationship with people?
I've got news for you: I sleep well at night. I won't cheat people out of what I promised.
Don't blame Mary Kay for your problems - your issues are a lot deeper and are purely yours.
Raisinberry says in a comment on the above post: 'Isn't it amazing how easy it was to lie to customers?' Um, Raisin, the only way it is easy to lie is if you are used to doing it and have gotten good at it. Congratulations."
Running your business with integrity is a must if you ever want long-term success.
Okay, let's hear it. What is your opinion on this post?