Read the Room

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Assess their needs

Sell to their needs

You have no needs

Your needs are their needs




Turn on the charm

Deep breath

Confident face


Am I speaking?

I hear myself

Am I smiling enough?

Be assertive

I’m not flirting, am I?

Close the deal.

Isn’t that why they hired me?

Close the deal.


In my poem, I stow myself away


Read the room

Inspire your customers

World’s greatest

Papered in gray

You can count on us

To be super




Just like this Super Great Purified Drinking Water (with flavor enhancing minerals)

Which we’ve kindly provided for you

Along with this cardboard carryout working lunch

Talk and swallow

You’re a winner



Lessons in clockwork


Corporate time clock

Tongues pool hungry for jargon

The air is thick with gray

Market yourself

Brand yourself

I’m climbing out of myself

Feet shrouded in gray

I have a thought:

I did well today. Maybe this really is my future.

I exhale in flames

With my poem, I burn it to the ground

20 thoughts on “Read the Room

    1. Thank you! I wrote this poem during/after a corporate sales training session I attended recently. And, I always find myself, in scenarios like that, looking around the room and wondering how many people actually believe in what they’re hearing–or in the words that are coming out of their own mouths. That’s the hardest part for me–and it seems to get worse as I get older–saying things I don’t believe, or pretending to care about things that don’t interest me. I’m terrible at it. 🙂

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