Hello SOTGC community,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And for those of you who are STILL enjoying the weekend (IE you get today off for the holiday) then happy CONTINUED weekend to you. Yesterday I texted Lisette (my new teammate) and asked her if Presidents’ Day was a REAL holiday. Let me clarify what i meant by this. We do surgical device sales and just because there is a nationally “recognized” holiday does not always mean that our hospitals and Doctors’ offices are closed. The rule of thumb with us is “if the hospitals are running cases with our surgeons and if the offices are open, we are working.” Lisette responded with “it’s a FAIRLY real holiday” and then proceeded to list off the accounts and main offices that would be closed.
So we decided that in honor of celebrating this holiday, we would get together for a few hours to run through the account analysis sheet we have running between us, go over some of the cases she’d recently been in for a “re-cap,” and we’d role play with one of the products that she hadn’t seen as much. Now for those of you in HR…there is no need to run this through the “interpretation committee.” Sales people use the term “role play” to describe their process of working together to go over objection handling, running an upcoming meeting, or going over anything that could come up during the sales process. There are no 50 Shades of Grey references going on in this post…except for the one I just now made.
For those of you that care…here is a fun fact for you regarding this holiday. Did you know that “Presidents’ Day” was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington? Traditionally celebrated on February 22 (Washington’s actual day of birth) the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. This sounds good to me…can we pass more of these kinds of acts? While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.
So to our Presidents of the past, to our current President, and to all our future ones, I raise my coffee cup in a toast to you. Happy Birthday, thank you for the extended weekend that some people get to enjoy, and thank you for your time and dedication to your role as Commander In Chief.