In Search of the World’s Greatest Sales Person

To most of you, the name Ogilvy strikes up images of the marketing machine. A big brand agency behind some of the most memorable advertising and brands in the world.

What many of you likely didn’t know, is that the agency’s founder, David Ogilvy, started his career as a stove salesman in Scotland in the 1930’s (well before the fictional Don Draper from Mad Men).

One of my favorite quotes from Mr. Ogilvy was in reference to those selling days: “No sale, no commission. No commission, no eat.”

In an ode to their founder, Ogilvy is sponsoring a world-wide search for “The World’s Greatest Salesperson”.

What makes the contest even more interesting is the object entrants are tasked to sell: the common red brick.

Entrants will submit a YouTube video showing their solution to the challenge and the finalists will be invited to Cannes, France to prepare a pitch and “sell” another product to a group of judges.

The prize: a three month internship at OgilvyOne where the winner will be tasked with writing a guide to selling in the 21st century.

You can find out more about this great contest at “The World’s Greatest Salesperson” site.

Submissions can be made from 15 countries around the world including Canada.

Will you be joining me in putting your selling skills to the test?

Are you the one?


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