Back in 1998, whilst working for the now ailing Japanese electronics giant Sony (whose ailing, I should point out, has nothing to do with my having worked there and everything to do with my having left), I applied for a sales position. Asked to make a presentation to my erstwhile colleagues I duly delivered what I considered to be a stirring case for us dramatically increasing television sales that year. This would, I explained, be achieved partly as a result of the football world cup in France, but mainly because of my hitherto-untapped brilliance as a salesman. At the end of my pithy speech the room fell quiet.
"You're a bit of a luvvy, aren't you?" my prospective boss asked, breaking the silence . "You belong in marketing."