Bill Murray Hates This and So Do Your Prospects…


Happy (Belated) Groundhog Day.

Silly holiday. 

GREAT movie. 

I love the scenes with Ned Ryerson. 

He’s the insurance salesman who went to high school with Phil (Bill

Murray’s character). 

Groundhog Day after Groundhog Day (see the movie if you don’t know what I mean), Ned accosts Phil on the street and pitches insurance. 

“Have you ever heard of single-premium life? Because I think that really could be the ticket for you,” says Ned. 

Here’s a clip:

After repeating this scene for many days in a row, Phil adjusts. 

And when Ned comes a-callin’, Phil levels him with with a right hook before the pitch begins.  

I remember seeing this in the theater. The crowd cheered!  


Because we all hate those pitchy pitch-men (and woman) who pitch and pitch and pitch and pitch… 

…before they bother to learn a thing about us. Before they bother to discover whether we need what they’re selling. 

Yep. Sometimes we all just want to rear back and slug a Ned.  

Ned means well. But he misses the mark because… 

He ASSUMES he has “just the ticket” for someone… 

…even though he knows nothing about the prospect.  

All of us know some Neds.  

We meet them at networking events. They cold-call us. They lob unsolicited pitches. They tell us they have “the ticket” for us. They poke and prod until we’re ready to throw punches.   

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about Peace, Love and Understanding. 

I don’t want you to go slugging the next pitchy pitch man who accosts you. 

In fact, stop worrying about the Neds who surround you and… 

…Look inward. 

Deep down, we all have an inner-Ned. 

Remember that time you pitched products or services to someone without knowing whether they had a need or desire for what you were selling? 

That happened because your inner-Ned escaped. 

Smart marketers and sales people don’t let inner-Ned escape. They: 

Listen and learn before they pitch.  

They get to know their prospects before they say, “I have just the ticket.”  

They move on if the prospect isn’t a good fit. 

If you chase someone who doesn’t want or need what you’re pitching, you’re not selling; YOU’RE ANNOYING.  

Don’t be annoying.  

Keep your inner-Ned in his cage.  

Gather intelligence about your prospects.  

Focus on those who need what you’re selling.  

Pass on those who don’t.

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.