Do That Sales Thing: Sell More!

Sales cartoon

This cartoon came out a Friday afternoon sales meeting where our inside sales staff was getting a scolding about a particularly dismal week. We were informed that not only would we likely not see any bonuses, but that the manager’s children would now have a terrible Christmas.

I’m not kidding.

We attempted to defend ourselves and offered some possible solutions for the next week. All were dismissed out of hand and when we asked for advice we were instructed to “Just sell more! Sell! More!”

I’m pretty sure I did the above cartoon the following morning.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


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,

10 Reactions
  1. Geez, talk about a guilt trip. That’s an aweful way to motivate someone. If only it were as simple as in the cartoon. This has got to be one of my favorites by far. So funny & true!

  2. My boss would use to say “Just make me more money”, and being the sheeps we were, didn’t give it much thought and just followed orders. The beauty of being your own boss…

  3. Mark
    This is a great one. I have a feeling there are a lot of business executives who don’t know one lick about how to sell. They only know how to tell others to do things hoping they will impact the bottom line. Your cartoons are terrific because they make people laugh AND think about the underlying issue/situation.
    Perfect! Soft selling education to managers who don’t get it….

    P.S. I’m grateful that almost all of the projects I take on there is an awesome owner who gets it, who knows how to jump in, roll up their sleeves, and sell, too.

  4. You have to sell your way out of the recession!

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show

  5. This is really nice as it head straight to the point with the aid of the picture.

  6. Martin Lindeskog

    Luckily you could turn this cartoon around and say: Buy more in smart way! I.e., purchase stuff at the right quality, price and time. You will see a better bottom line then.

  7. That’s not a great way to motivate your sales team. If it were that simple, they’d being doing it. Love the cartoon!