Looks like I get to go on a customer call on Wednesday (under duress, for the record). of course, most of my dress clothes are either slightly smaller than I am now, or 4 years old. Hell, my dress shoes were about 9 years old when the dog had a little chewing event with them. (BAD PUPPY! I liked those shoes.)

So tomorrow I get to cram for the program we’re pitching, and update parts of my wardrobe for the customer on-site. That’s a plus – i probably needed to do that anyway. And rather than focus on the negatives, I’m going to go there, walk on water, and come back having made the sale. And I’ll know the details on this kind of deal inside and out by Wednesday morning.

Negatives: I called the rep, then our manager, that I would be going instead of her. Manager wasn’t happy, rep probably will be since the rep asked if I could do it earlier in the day.

Let the chips fall, boys and girls.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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5 Responses to 1617

  1. moonfl0wer says:

    hey. you can’t go wednesday. that’s massage day. ;)

  2. spot says:

    No offense, but should you be doing this? Not on the “you’re unqualified” side of the fence (IMHO, you’re plenty qualified), but Inside Sales shouldn’t be going into the field. We pay good money to people to do that for you.

  3. alchemist says:

    oh, I know. I was going to be there to see you at 2:15. But *NO*, I’ve got roped into this call for her, with a rep I’m not all that fond of. J is on my shit list right now, big time. Mostly because in retrospect, she manipulated the hell out of the situation.

    This is what, two months in a row I miss you for bullshit reasons.

    I guess I need to visit your office before it closes.

    You will still be doing Red Hat days, won’t you?

  4. alchemist says:

    On Thursday, N asked J to fill in for him, since he was going to be in NYC for LW. J was on my case almost right away – and by Friday was asking if I’d take it for her. My advice? N wanted her to go for a reason, and she was passing up an opportunity, and that no, she should go. I expect N is sizing her up for an outside position, and she’s blowing it.

    So she’s been leaning a little for me to go since then. Late today (as in 5:30 or so), she magically found out about a call she was scheduled to do Wednesday with one of her reps. It was damn convenient considering the timing, and I let her push me into covering R for her. My fault on letting myself get pushed. I caved way to easily.

    So I called R and left a voicemail that I’d be going with him to Feyette-Nam, and that we would plan things out on Tuesday. Then I called our boss and told him I would be covering for J. he made some not so happy noises, and reminded me of outside attire rules. I reminded him that I have done customer calls in the past, and knew what to wear, TYVM.

    Tomorrow will bring, I expect a call from N to J. I also expect she’s going to be pissed when she finds out I proactively called N and R about it.

    I feel a little bad about that, but hey, we all make mistakes. I learned from mine, and know when to give N a heads-up.

  5. moonfl0wer says:

    yes–definitely make that appointment before feb 29!! :)

    i’ll still be doing rh days, but they will have to move to tuesdays, i’m afraid….do you think there will still be a turnout? (tuesday isn’t *that* much different than wednesday, right?)

    good luck tomorrow…

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