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PHONE SOLICITORS UGHH! 

“Hello! I am xyz speaking from xyz company and want to sell this to you, it is one of the greatest inventions….” sounds familiar right!
 
Almost all of us have answered such calls which are irritating and are always at the most awkward times. Telephone marketing has now become an integral part of publicizing ones product. At times it’s the brand one is using which calls to promote their offers while at other times it’s a different company making the call.
  
Such random calls at random times are annoying and nuisance to attend. Everyone has their own way to tackle such calls. Some prefer to just bang down the call while others adhere to out of the blue replies and tactics in order to transfer their annoyance and show their frustration to the caller.
 
You can get yourself registered in a do not call registry, this will ensure that you do not receive such unwanted calls, though you would receive calls from charities and other such organizations in this case. 
Most of the people love to deal with them in their own manner and have the most interesting methods to share. Yelling, whispering, mumbling, cussing and repeating their words are one common method. Listening to their entire message and then negatively responding to it is also a commonly practiced method.
 
Asking them personal questions or making up some personal issue and asking them for advice. Telling them how lonely you were and are extremely glad for the call and conversation; along with asking to give you a call again can be tried the next time you attend such a call. Cranking jokes, keeping the phone aside, blaring songs and yelling are other common methods of irritating the telemarketers.
  
All of the above and many other methods are used to punish them for calling you yet it is to remember that Tele marketers don’t give you a call on their will, the numbers are selected through computers and it is a part of their job and your response is noted down. Depending on your response your call is rated and decision taken on whether to give a call again or drop the number from the list of potential clients.
 
In order to avoid calls there are certain polite and acknowledged ways to handle the call which can be performed these include the following:
 
First, never hang up on the call immediately as in this way your call will be termed as ‘not answered’ and the number will be approached again. Secondly never question or indulge in any conversation with the agent as this can be perceived as an interest terming you as a potential consumer as a result of which you can be approached again. Thirdly don’t hang up in between as they might call you back claiming that the phone hung up. Finally, don’t give them any clichéd excuse which might be termed as you will attend the call later; a straight No should be said. 

A note from the other side

So in my quest to annoy phone solicitor I have been approached by the devil himself. Well maybe not the devil but a person who makes cold phone calls for a living. I told him first of he should find a new job, but he didn’t waiver.
Plus, that’s easier said than done when your family owns the business. I get advertising and spreading the word about your product or service, heck how else are people going to know about you? Well, google search I guess 
This youngster is building character and thick skin by making phone calls trying to drive business for his uncle. I think it is an invaluable skill that teaches what books or class rooms cannot. The run a very successful lawn care company and rely partially on door to door and phone solicitation to gain new clients. They are waking up and really pushing some on-line activities but a good percentage of new clients still come from cold calling.
So I asked this youngster be it through e-mail if he could see himself doing this long-term? And Why?
He responded with an absolute no, this was a summer gig and he was off to college to learn how to run a business. Further that he would never do cold calling again.
Funny thing though is most business graduates get into a sales job and in some aspect or another end up cold calling folks.
So I ask how he as a business would gain new clients, if not through solicitation?
His response was a classic millennial reply, I’ll just use web and social media.
Honestly, I love his response as that’s the way our culture has gone, toward the web. Although our web feeds are becoming just as annoying as the 6pm phone call disrupting dinner.
At least on the web you can close the ad or move on. As well on-line advertising is much more targeted so your likely to see ads that fit your needs, rather than random phone calls for credit cards or services you just don’t need.
I replied letting him know that I felt he was right on the money and on-line advertising was by far the present and future of business generation.
Honestly, I hope he graduates and creates an amazing business which brings tremendous value to the world.
But until then, lets’ give him hell, lol!
You never know who’s calling but rather than getting annoyed try and play games with them 
And make sure you register your number at www.donotcall.gov

The Classic

If you’re looking for a way to block your number from solicitations visit www.donotcall.gov and register your number.

However, before you do so, let me make a couple other Classic suggestions on how to play with these solicitations.

1) Answer with a foreign accent, and just no over and over again. If asked about your English just say no, if asked if someone else is there just say no, for every question just say no and see how long you can keep them asking 
2) Once they ask if so and so is home or if you are the owner etc.. Simply say yes and start ordering pizza. For example, I want three large pizza’s with breadsticks and soda. When they say I’m calling about xyz say yes but I want, “repeat order”.
They don’t know what to do 
3) Here’s a simple one, when they ask if this “Mr. Jones” say no but if you find that SOB you tell him to call me he walked out owing me rent for three months et.. and just go off on a rant..
4) Make so much noise they cannot hear you. When they ask you a question just repeat yourself, is this kitty? Kitty is this you? Why is it so loud Kitty? Hello Kitty? Over and over again until they disconnect.
5) The classic stall technique, of putting them on hold for 5-10 minutes which I love because it keeps them from calling someone else in the time you have them on hold. If by chance their still on the phone just ask who are holding for? Oh okay let me put you back on hold. I once had a gal sit on hold for 33 minutes, lol

These are a few of our favorites but don’t forget to let us know how you handle those calls, we would love to share the stories 🙂