met Helmut in Renaissance Pudong
He came for ZOW-exhibition from 12.09 – 17.09, a German furniture exhibition. switched his job from Roxan GmbH (bad performance) to Renolit AG (second biggest in its industry). The same job as he has practiced for more than 20 years: selling furniture foils. And he looks exactly like 4 year before: seemingly an old German Opa, but actually tough, energetic and humorous. Now he has 7 sales under his wings and is reponsible for 45 million euro anunal revenue. Not as 4 year ago when we talked about trivia, we discussed a lot about German politics, social problems, those of China and our intercultural experience. Although he has keeping coming to China 2 or 3 times every year, I dont think he is fully aware of the many social problems of China. Only shining fridge has been shown to him.
I asked him of advices for being a good sales. Somehow he can not image what kind of job I can do with my M. Sc. in cognitive science. On the one hand this is not an engineering or BM degree, on the other hand, I think his imagination is more or less confined by his age and occupation. He advised me to talk to his agency, Ms. Chen Huiling. Huiling and his husband founded a trading company after their diplom in Uni Stuttgart. Till now the business with c.a. 30 people is running pretty well. At the moment they only need salesman for China. We chatted for 4 hours. He is the nicest German I have ever met. He is coming this November to Beijing. I hope I can met him again.