If you told me twenty years ago that a vice-presidential candidate would work in a hockey mom joke into her acceptance speech…..well….. it would have been hard to fathom. I take a very non-partisan view of the political race and choose instead to focus on presentation skills, passion, energy and enthusiasm – something that those of us in selling can all learn from.
It is not easy to stand back and not be judgmental when it comes to politics. I am absolutely fascinated by political speeches and will blog about it from time to time.
When it comes to the joke about comparing a hockey mom to a pit bull – however – it takes me back 22 or so years when I was a single mom / hockey mom. This was a joke that the men used to say – so it has a particular mean spiritedness and extreme negative connotation that I feel when I hear it – even 22 years later. However, it also reminded me of why I chose sales as a profession and how a sales career is not only admirable but offers one the opportunity to make their own schedule…. as long as they produce results.
As a single mom of a high-energy (nearly hyperactive) son, because I chose a career in selling, I was able to take him to every sport under the sun and still make the PTA meetings as well. Selling is a results-focused career, and I loved that because my performance was equal to or greater than anyone else’s – no mater who they were. It is the perfect “gender equalizer”.
When it was time for sales awards to be passed out, I always loved the accolades for being in the top 20% of a huge company – and often the only woman listed. I sold next to single and married guys who did not have the responsibilities that I did – and that was rewarding to me to know what I had to do to succeed.
Remember when you are presenting – whether you are a business owner or account executive – or a vice-presidential candidate giving your biggest speech yet – it isn’t what you say as much as it is how you make them feel. Now if only we all had a team of speechwriters…..