Sales Are Quite Bleak

sales down

For a while there, I was getting really awful reception on my cell phone. In the kitchen, I got a great signal. Move to my office, though, and I may have well have been on the moon.

I soon became obsessed with checking my bars and trying to figure out exactly where and under what conditions my calls got dropped. What if I stood this way? What if I opened the window?

The blue sweater! It must be the blue sweater!!

And then one day it hit me that those little bars looked a lot like a sales graph (goodness knows I love a good sales graph!) and the above cartoon was born.

So I guess something good came out of it – but I’d still like to be able to call my friends from my office.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

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  1. Mark, this made me howl. My eyes were watering with laughter. I just love what you do with sales charts. 🙂

    – Anita

  2. Hi Mark – I have to say that your sales meeting cartoons are a favorite of mine — especially since so many of us have to sit through these meetings and somehow explain the sales chart which is often different than what we want to see. My favorite experience was in preparation for a board meeting and one of the board members said “Make sure we see upwardly sloping line graphs in pretty colors” After he left we laughed out loud playing with how we would show our losses increasing –

    This cartoon made me remember that day and laugh all over again.