Lately, I’ve to notice that life is certainly to quote Forrest Gump is like a box of chocolates you’ll never know what you would get. So I’ve been working as a Pre-sales Engineer for a startup in the cloud space which I’ll leave it nameless. One of the hurdles that I’m struggling with is trying to work with sales people and keeping them in-line with what’s going on in the tech world.
When I was working in the field. I had some dealings with sales people, and there were times I would brush them off and continue with my work, but if I had to deal with it, I’d just stomach just to be able to get what I needed to accomplish. Now working on the sales side, i find myself stressing and struggling because the sales person is over-committing to a potential customer and later I would be the one that has to work with them in order to get past the shortcoming of the product.
Another aspect of the job which I loath is the fact of traveling around the country to meetings especially nowadays when we have collaboration software tools such as GoToMeeting and WebEx. If one is unable to present in a video conference, then one needs to look at his or her’s strategy of doing a sales presentation.
In the end, I can honestly admit that being in sales wasn’t exactly meant for a person like me. There’s always a reason behind things and learning this valuable lesson now allows me to determine my next choice.