One of the supplier’s area coordinator told me he took their president to see our best branch and made sure to show the same president the uglier branches of the other competitors. It didn’t matter to me in any way. But then the next lines he said made me chuckle. He figured I needed all the help I could get since I wasn’t the sort to show off our capabilities.
He said; Ma’am the others can take care of themselves in the impress others division. But I have to take your place in showing off so that the head office will not take you for granted.
I told him he’s very sneaky but that I loved what he did, at the same time chuckling.
Which brings me to why people need to be impressed by outlying stuff in order to look kindly upon you or your business. Why can’t our orders and how we handle our accounts speak for us? We may not be the top orderers but we certainly can not be ignored. And our accounts are paid in full on time.
This area coordinator often chides me for not showing off. Our suppliers are easily impressed by a fluent english speaker and by trappings of wealth. I only speak straight english to native english speakers and when I am angry. For some reason, I express my anger more effectively in english. When I speak to people who are not fluent in english, I sometimes drop the prepositions and the clauses; trying to make the sentences as simple as possible.
I do not understand that mentality at all. To impress others.
Many people I know buy expensive branded bags, watches, belts etc. because of the prestige that is associated with the brand and not because they truly like it. The most expensive bag I bought is also branded (although just a starter model) not because of the brand but because it was so practical, very utilitarian and it looked so good on the shoulders of many women I saw. My bag has shielded me from the rain, gone through the dirty conveyor belt of an x-ray machine without a tray, used to transport some smelly stuff – yes, it has been thoroughly used the past 3 years. Sometimes I would smile when I see other bags handled with care, protected from the rain, covered in dust bags and heaven forbid if it should touch the floor.
But I guess that works to impress other people into looking favorably at them, maybe even giving them more concessions or more business opportunities.
We are doing well without the impress others factor. We might not have the higher management’s ear but as long as they are fair, it doesn’t matter. We don’t need to be equal, to be treated fairly is enough.