Bob’s Daily Doughnut

by Bob Poole on November 8, 2011


I passed a doughnut shop the other day and was struck by how much impact something that doesn’t even exist can have on something as simple as a pastry. I’m talking about ‘doughnut holes.’ Think about it. The classic doughnut, not the Bear’s Claw or other pastry, is defined by the hole. We recognize it more by the thing that’s missing than by the obvious confection itself! To separate a doughnut from its hole is impossible. It changes the nature of the doughnut entirely. It stops being a doughnut and becomes a pastry.

There are a lot of things in our lives that are defined by a mix of the tangible and the intangible. Like sales and marketing and business. It’s the indefinable, the hidden or often invisible to the naked eye aspects of all those things that help define them. The “white” or “negative” (empty) space in a photograph is often what makes a photo more powerful and memorable. Not the object in the photo, but the emptiness around it.

Sales is also a lot like a doughnut. It’s defined by what is not there, as well as by what is. I can teach the skills, the words, the principles of the sales trade, but it is that indefinable hole, the thing that’s missing in traditional sales manuals and talks, that makes it so effective that we can’t take it away, but we can’t quite put our finger on it.

Bob’s Daily Doughnut, or rather the doughnut hole, is that missing part that defines the doughnut. It might be a quote, some quick insight, and then the sweet, tangible take-away you can sink your teeth into. One is the hole, the other the confection. One is intangible, the other is tangible. You can’t separate them without changing the effectiveness. Together the hole and the cake make up, Bob’s Daily Doughnut. I know, it seems sort of silly, but it’s often the simplest, silliest things that teach us the most. And besides, I guarantee there are no calories in any of these tips. Eat all you want!

The Daily Doughnut takes the place of The Water Cooler Hangout’s blog posts which is why some of you are reading this via RSS or email. The Water Cooler Hangout is morphing into a new multimedia, newsletter which will be more like a full meal that will take longer to prepare and digest. We’ll have more news on that soon.

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