The Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Line Still Works

Inside Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Line

I recently posted the line ‘ I sold drugs’ on one of my blogs about how I funded my lengthly martial arts competition career over the years.  Competing internationally in martial arts or any sport for that matter is not cheap.  There are high costs involved in travel like hotels, flights, meals and of course competition fees.

I wouldn’t have been able to compete internationally if it weren’t for my full time corporate career at that time, which was working as a member of the team of pharmaceutical sales reps for drug companies.  I was initially a pharmaceutical sales rep and then later got promoted to pharmaceutical sales management positions.

I Sold Drugs

That’s where the ‘I sold drugs’ line came into effect.  It was especially entertaining at parties and other social events when non-industry people were around.  They would always get the line wrong and thought that I dealt with illegal substances.  When they realized that I didn’t, I think a few were actually disappointed!

Looks like only us pharmaceutical sales reps really understood this insider line right away.  But I did have fun with this line for years as it raised all sorts of eyebrows, even on dates.

I didn’t use if for a few years since retiring from the industry although I do publish a very useful book on helping people get jobs as pharmaceutical sales reps.  I finally pulled that line out again for the blog post and some of my blog readers were indeed quite surprised.  I guess they didn’t get it too!

Of course, I immediately posted a correction of what the line really meant and I think some of my readers were quite relieved that I was not a former illegal drug dealer after all.

Looks like the line still works in terms of causing a bit of a stir out there 🙂

If you want to be in the position to use that line as well as a professional pharmaceutical sales rep, start with my free webinar on pharmaceutical sales jobs.

tribute to Mary Jane
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