I used to be nice to them as well but some of them were so aggressive and pushy that they messed it up for legitimate ones.
I havent the time or patience to listen to the idiots, especially the clowns who are obviously calling from a call centre in India yet claim their name is "Nigel" or something equally British sounding. I'm afraid I've now reached the point where I bsimply tell then nto Sod Off and put the phone down.
I have voicemail system for my business and a digital voicemail on my home landline, so the way I tackle cold callers is by not answering the phone personally ever.
For home, however I have a "secret code" consisting of a number of ring sequence. When someone do that sequence, I know the caller is someone close to me, hence I pick up the phone personally.
I try and reply to them with respect. After all, they also have targets and wish that they would win a potential customer. Having said that, I personally have done cold-calling for a month and surprisingly the result wasn't that bad. More so, because it was of a product which had a very good reputation in the market.
Cold calling is making a huge come back. People are hurting for business these days and it just turns me off. No one wants to be bothered. I hear the name of the company and instantly think "I am never doing business with them."
In harmony with some people here, if you feel as though you are being harassed by cold callers, you should not only put your business number on the ‘do not call list’, but you should also double enforce it by having your phone network track back any cold callers who dials your number while it is on the ‘do not call list’ and press charges for harassment against that company…
As a Canadian I can tell you Melissa is absolutely right; the no call list is pretty much useless. 20 calls a day!
Well, I know its annoying but that's their work. Just tell them you are not interested in a nice way. -secretstaff.com
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