Sales lessons

Let’s talk about sales

“Boys and girls, what do you think we mean when we speak about ‘sales’? C., please.”

Sales lesson_Souls Alive_First Chapter_By Daniele Frau_Illustrated by Gabriele Manca_DMQproductions.
Sales lesson, Souls Alive.

The guy seated in the second row raises his head, optimistic that his answer is correct.

“Sales are contracts, commitments between a negotiator (the dealer) and a client exchanging a good or service.”

“Right, excellent, well done as always.”

This reward comes from the voice of the human being over my soles. Then, after a quick pause, the voice continues.

“Whatever you learn here, and you’ll do tomorrow in the market, is not purely a transaction. We provide more than that as we give our clients our specialistic point of view.

Please don’t picture yourself as simple merchants, vendors, no. No, you are the Knights of the round table. You are young Columbus, eager for the adventure ahead.

You are leaders. You are messengers of the New. Everything around you might soon appear as a big market, and you will be the homines economici.

You will risk if required, following your dealer’s instinct. Slowly you will notice something. You’re not merely a negotiator, a medium, but the reason why sales are there at all. You’re going to be the scale, a needle even. You are the future. Your well-combed hair and the sharp teeth speak for you. Someone among you would object?”

And now the entire room seems to be closed into a long breath, a silence filled with curved shoulders and noses leaning forward, making the wooden benches creak.

“Well, the market is almost saturated, this person would say. The sales are at historical lows. Someone will tell you that the souls’ market is dying because there are too many dealers and few buyers. Who wants to buy a soul nowadays? I’m here to tell you that you will decide.

You and only you will make the difference going out there and doing your job correctly. You’re greedy, you want more, and you’ll have a pair of keys on your desk soon. That will be the key to your own business! The access of your freedom.”

The sales lesson seems slowly going to an end, to its climax. Some of the students begin to have watery eyes. Some others even want to start the applause, but the voice continues.

“That’s why the talent scouts are always around, searching for people like you. I’m speaking to you, fresh meat ready to challenge the market in an arena soaked with blood.

It won’t be easy, mind my words, but it’s because you want already to make the first step that you’re here. This is the Animae; here we’re future-oriented, and believe me, the future hasn’t got any gentle curves. The future is made of pure straight lines! Straight enough, those lines, to destroy, demolish, dig.

Progress is a fast train without a driver. Some of you will find themselves unease listening to the truth, and it’ll be difficult for them to give up their souls.”

The desks are rumbling and creaking, wooden sounds which resound in the Animae University Auditorium. The sales class is one of the most challenging, everyone says.

“Clearly, the future doesn’t belong to these people, a group of insensitive souls, small houses in which the warmth of security doesn’t leave space for the truth. A soul needs space to develop itself, windows to see the world and large footsteps to make its existence eternal.”

Yes, the sales class is not for everyone to attend. The audience opens their mouths, amazed by all this high philosophy. Some flies decide to enter and explore the teeth inside.

“Consequently, if the money rules the society, our role will be to make money prosper. Without money, with no debts, there is no future nor hope.”

The audience shows the typical blank stare, the robotic smile, but their minds are already elsewhere. Twenty minutes. That’s all they’ve got, the maximum level of attention allowed by the Nation’s future.

The soft noise of pens and notebooks breaks the silence in the room, and the students try to stay awake on this sunny afternoon. S. knows he has to be brief, or he’ll lose them. The sales lesson is coming to an end.

“We’ll start with soul migration to better understand where the souls come from. This is the first and most crucial step if you want to make any sales as a souls dealer.

During a war in a central African country, when the doctor U. made the discovery, we established what we call Animisics nowadays. The famous Diary of souls is our starting point and will be our reference book.”

It’s time to say farewell to this beautiful class. S. feels around him an utter shortage of escaping brains. The class is over.

“Well, guys and girls, it’s enough for today. Rest well, and we’ll see you tomorrow morning.”

The future leaves the room while the present stows his papers back in the bag. Finally, we’re out of the room, then down the stairs, in the metro and on the way home.


The door creaks. Someone has to grease it. The kitchen is dirty, someone has to call the cleaners. The bed, well, the bed is all right. Only a few minutes passed and I can see the honey-coloured bed sheets going rhythmically up and down.

The man with pointed moustaches, professor and dealer S., maybe is dreaming about numbers and sales. Or perhaps he’s dreaming about something he doesn’t know yet. The famous future he’s always speaking about.


The alarm is deafening, waking even the neighbours upstairs. He stops the alarm, prepares the coffee, and returns to the metro. Arrived at the university, he takes the stairs and finds the same faces of the day before in front of him. Today he doesn’t have to make the sales team. Today he has just one more lesson to teach.

We hope you enjoyed this souls’ lesson and you’re ready for the next part, where you will see for the first time the souls’ box.

If you read this post but you didn’t read the last part, where we entered a store of souls, please do so. And tell us what you think about it. Your feedback is always essential.

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The importance of reading, graphic by Daniele Frau.
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