I got judged today and was found lacking.
What amuses me (now) is how little I cared that the judger did the judging, or that her assessment was so far off the mark to be laughable.
Seriously. Salespeople really need to be savvy enough to not assume anything about the people that they want to sell things to. Do not assume that since most smaller credit unions are not technically savvy that we are automatically one of those. Do not, EVER, talk to the person in charge of web technology as though she must just be a secretary given the task of maintaining the web because she could type well.
As a salesperson, talk to everyone as though they are at least a little bit smarter than you until they prove you wrong. Because if you err to the other side, and I am part of that error, then I will make you look horribly foolish. In fact, it will be my pleasure to do so, so that you never, ever make this mistake again.
It is 2010. IE6 is NOT worth spending any time testing for website compatibility and meta commands are not the current “best practices” method for Search Engine Optimization. At this point, I’m really not going to be an easy sell for your services since I pretty much think you are living under a rock.
I’m not used to being underestimated and when it happens, I find that I enjoy making the offender very uncomfortable. Same thing when someone calls me Debbie a second time after being asked nicely to use Deb or Debra. You just don’t do it.
Originally published at Stage 3: bohemian. You can comment here or there.