Over the course of 42 years in business, I can’t begin to estimate how many sales calls-emails-faxes I’ve received, not to mention the random people who still just show up at the front door with their, “I’m in the building visiting another client…” spiel. I get it, they are in sales and this is what they do for a living.
I am usually cordial, even though I am usually saying some form of, “we are not interested.”
Lately, it seems that some sales people are getting more aggressive and some are getting dumber. Some are going over the top and combining both traits. Last week, I had an encounter that went along these lines:
Received phone call with a CallerID I didn’t want to talk to.
I sent it to voice mail.
Received email from the same person – > “Sorry you missed my call, I have some important information for you regarding Products A and B.”
I ignored this, since we have no interest in Products A or B.
Received email from same person -> “Either I fell to the bottom of your inbox, or there is no interest in our services regarding Products A & B.”
I replied with a short “we have no interest – please remove us from your marketing list” email.
Received email from same person. “I’m not sure you understand how helpful we can be in helping you get the most from Products A and B. We are currently helping (litany of Fortune 500 companies).”
I replied with, “Why don’t you do the basic research I would expect of any potential business partner and visit our website so that you’ll understand why we have no interest. While you’re at it, stop giving people options you have no intention of honoring.”
I thought this would be the end, but no. I received an email a few minutes later, from this person’s personal email account, apologizing. He said:
“This process is what my boss makes me go through with every lead – I’m sorry to bother you.”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.
We’ve had a couple days of cooler temperatures, coupled with much needed rain. Some of the pictures in the gallery are from last week.