For National Poetry Month (April)...A poem about Business called "Sales Calls"

April is National Poetry Month and this is about a poem called “Sales Calls” by Robert Barrows. The poem is about trying to reach the right people to make a sale. Anyone who has ever tried to sell something will identify with this poem.
Robert Barrows, President of R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising & Public Relations
Robert Barrows, President of R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising & Public Relations
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March 28, 2014 - PRLog -- What's your experience with trying to sell something?

How long does it take to even reach the right person? How many times have you called someone who never calls back?

How many times have you been referred to voice mail or told that you can only contact the person by email.

Since April is National Poetry Month, it's time to share this poem with the world.

The poem is called “Sales Calls." It's by Robert Barrows, President of R.M. Barrows, Inc. Advertising & Public relations in San Mateo, California.

Every salesperson in the world will identify with this poem, and now that it’s National Poetry Month, it’s time to post it on the web....and maybe someone will call just because they like the poem or need some help with their advertising or public relations.

(If you call, please call between 9am-5pm Pacific Time. The number to call is 650-344-4405.)

Enclosed is the way the poem called “Sales Calls” looks today (March 28, 2014). Many months ago, it was only about two verses long.

It gets longer every day with each and every new sales call. Many times you hear the same reply from the businesses you call. Often, you hear something brand new. Then it's time to add the new line to "Sales Calls" - potentially the longest running poem in the world. It could go on for a lifetime...many lifetimes, all across the universe. (Is anybody out there? They know the routine. Sales is the same all over.)

So how are your sales calls going? Is anyone calling you back?

Are you making any progress?

At the same time you're having your sales staff make sales calls, be sure to do a lot of advertising too because calling, or emailing, or sending out press releases just may not get you the action you want...So back up your sales efforts with a lot of paid advertising....and of course, if you need any help with your advertising...give me a call. (The number again, 650-344-4405) "Why wait...Call Now!"

At one point, I might be tempted to open this poem up to the world and invite people to add in their own verses and experiences to it.

One of these days I’ll do that... when I set it up on some kind of blog page where I can sell advertising on it, too.

For now, it exists as you see it here. I’m sure that in a few months it will be many verses longer.

Here is the poem:


Copyright 2013 by Robert Barrows (650-344-4405)

He’s not in

He’s not available

He’s in a Meeting

He’s out of town

He’s busy right now

He’s on the phone

May I take a Message?

Would you like his voice mail?

Is he expecting your call?

Sorry, I don’t recall seeing that information.

Could you send it again?

If he’s interested, he’ll contact you.

Have a nice day.

So, I called again and

No one answered

No one home

No one read it

No one cares

Who’d you say you were again?

Who are you with?

Sorry, he’s not available.

Have a nice day.

He’s out to lunch.

It’s a late lunch.

He’s on vacation

He’s indisposed.

He’s being deposed?

He doesn’t work here anymore.

He’s in our London office.

Sorry, we’re not interested.

We don’t take any unsolicited proposals

Thank you for calling

All operators are currently busy

please stay on the line and we will be with you shortly.

He’s in conference now.

He’s traveling.

I’ll let him know.


Try again later.

He’s on a call.

He comes in at Two.

Call back Thursday

I think he’s on vacation.

I don’t know how to reach him.

He’s in back to back meetings all day

He’s in a (bored) meeting

He went abroad

(He’s with a broad)

She’s not here

(No longer with the company, or just out of the office?)

She’s still with the company, she’s just not here.

“He hasn’t been in all day.”

Can I leave him a message?

“Yes, please send him an email.”

I’d rather call him. Does he have a voice mail?

“Please send him an email...

...that’s how we conversate at this company.”

Sorry, we’re not interested in making hundreds  of million dollars...

That’s not my department

He’s not at his desk

He may not be in until Monday

Does he know you?

Is he expecting your call?

Where are you from?

Sorry, he’s in a meeting.

I’m sorry, he’s on another line.

Could you send me an email?

GIve him a call at about 3:30

Try him in half an hour

Give him a call after 5

Try him next week

Can I leave a message?

They hung up.

Please enter the first three numbers of the first or last name and press pound

Sorry that name is not in our directory

(He’s only the CEO)

To start your search over, press 3.

Oh, he got your package.

If he’s interested, he’ll call you.

     For now, I hope you enjoyed the poem. It doesn't exactly have a happy ending. Sales Calls are an ongoing process every day. So, in the meantime...Happy Selling...and of course, Happy National Poetry Month and "Thank you for calling. Have a Nice Day."

For more information, call Robert Barrows at R.M. Barrows Advertising & Public Relations in San Mateo, California at 650-344-4405,

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