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149 weeks ago, by James
'The person who deals with ...'
'Hello, can I speak to the person who deals with ...' This has to be the most irritating cold call. Firstly it doesn't take a lot of effort to find names connected to a business and secondly it immediately labels the call as lazy junk. Why are people still making these calls? They belong to the 1980s.
149 weeks ago, by Tim
I agree 100% James.

There is a whole plethora of new and more innovative marketing methods to choose from. Not only are the alternatives more enjoyable to employ [ANY of them], but vitally, more enjoyable for the recipient to be on the other end of.

Anyone who says cold calling works has no regard for the prospect's well bring.

There's only one thing worse than this, it's those new-style automated cold calls - AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!
149 weeks ago, by John
There's nothing that irks me more than the cold call phrase - I'm not trying to sell you anything...
149 weeks ago, by James
Cold callers usually go through training. You'd think that these phrases would be have been ditched for better ones years ago.
149 weeks ago, by Jackie
"Hello, how are you today?"

a) It's none of your business

b) You don't really care; it's just a script someone's taught you
149 weeks ago, by John
Or 'How is the weather today in England', asked by someone using the pseudonym 'Mike' in India.
149 weeks ago, by Tim
There is absolutely NOTHING anyone can say, no matter how well you phrase it, that gets around the fact that they are telephoning you uninvited to get your money.

I looked into this years ago, Reverse Selling & now called Unlock The Game by Ari Galper, which is all about using words and language that diffuses the inevitable pressure that exists in any given sales scenario. HE's good, and cold calling is one of his modules, but today cold calling is so old obselete I consider it an insult.
148 weeks ago, by John
Agree it is an insult, but unfortunately it will persist as long as there are a sufficient number of people who are too polite to immediately disengage from uninvited intrusions.
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