Sel not Spel! Story no. 141

A newly hired traveling salesman wrote his first sales report to a home office. It so stunned the boss in the sales department because it was obvious that the new salesperson was ignorant.

Here’s what he wrote

” I seen this outfit which they ain’t never bot a dime’s worth of nothing from us and I sole them some goods. I am now going to Chicawgo.”

Before the man could be given the heave-ho by the sales manager, along came this letter from Chicago:

“I cum hear and sole them haff a millyon.”

Fearful if he did, and afraid if he didn’t fire the ignorant salesman, the sales manager dumped the problem in the lap of the president.

The following morning the ivory towered sales department members were amazed to see – posted on the bulletin board above two letters written by ignorant salesman – this memo from the president:

“We ben spending two much time trying to spel instead of trying to sel. Let’s watch those sails. I want everybody should read those letters from Gooch who is on the rode doing a grate job for us and you should go out and do like he done.”

Okay, I admit that it’s a corny story, but I just love it because it shows how loudly productivity speaks in any organization.


De-briefing of the story

Good language skills are important but let’s not exaggerate the importance of it (not applicable to writers).

In the long term, your productivity of doing things will play a vital role and not your language skills.

You should know the basics of the language but then focus on being expert at your job.


Story source

From the book – The 5 Levels of Leadership” by John C Maxwell.



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