Another week, another one of Sir Alan’s TV Apprentices bites the dust; this time it was self-styled internet entrepreneur Raj who failed to rise to the challenge of flogging a text message news service to Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane. Characteristically dismissed by Sir Alan as a ‘waste of space’, the hapless Raj signed his own death warrant, on camera, saying ‘I’m not a salesperson. If I get fired for that, I accept it.’ Not the best way to find favour with a man whose commercial empire was founded on touting car aerials out of the back of a van.
By contrast, motormouth rival Saira managed to talk her way out of trouble yet again, despite leading the losing team, and making a doomed attempt to strongarm Spurs’ sponsorship boss Matt House by dropping Sugar’s name in the process. Given Sir Al’s unhappy tenure at White Hart Lane, that’s at least as fatalistic as Raj’s suicidal admission. But there’s no doubt that on her day, Saira could sell fridges to Eskimos. For MT’s take on the ultimate sales director, read Business Lifeforms click here.