Monday, January 21, 2013

Are We All in Sales?

Saturday morning my husband and I each clicked on different links that led us to websites selling something.  I clicked on "Four Signs You Are Having a Heart Attack".  He found "Fatty Foods You Should Never Eat."  Each of us spent several minutes on the sites before we realized we had been duped: the actual information was for sale. Neither of us trusted the site enough to buy what we thought was just another article.

I'm reading a book called To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink.  He proposes that most of us are trying to get people to give up resources in exchange for something.  I don't like thinking that I am in sales, because my image is tainted by the type of experiences my husband and I each had.

Yet every day I try to persuade my students to give me their time and attention for something I feel is valuable. And I have two stores as a freelance curriculum writer where I sell materials I have developed as a teacher. By Daniel Pink's definition, I am in sales.

With these issues in mind, I keep updating my disclosure page.  Visitors should be able to quickly find what they come here for.  If not, I would like to know.

1 comment:

  1. I just read this quote from To Sell is Human: "Dishonest dealings tend to drive honest dealings out of the market." George Akerlof


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