A high level of customer awareness is critical in all situations. Here are some scenarios to avoid:
- Driving a Hertz rental car to a meeting with an Avis custom- er. (You might also want to hide your Kia in the parking lot, if your meeting is with Ford.)
- Ordering a Pepsi for lunch with a client from Coca-Cola. (Although, it’s likely that the Coca-Cola people wouldn’t eat lunch in a restaurant that served Pepsi.)
- Sending a FedEx package to your customers at UPS.
- Wearing a Burberry scarf to a presentation at L.L. Bean.
While it may seem implausible, these scenarios happen often, especially to new professionals who haven’t yet developed their customer awareness.
From Chapter 6: Sales and Negotiation Skills