Here is a lesson on cold-calling ripped straight from my Tuesday…
I wondered what my post would be today – that is until I received a phone call at 1:30pm local time during a flurry of activity at my desk.
It was a salesperson pitching a seminar where I would be guaranteed 1 of only 20 appointments that several C-level executives will have booked during their stay at a nice hotel in Arizona. This guy was classic. He must have been breathing through his ears, because he would not listen to me. I said “I’m busy can you please call me at another time..” – simple, and more than an unwanted telephone caller deserves in terms of my politeness. BUT he would not stop pitching me his service.
As my grandmother said, you have one mouth and two ears, use them proportionately!
These days you are fortunate to catch a prospect on the phone in person. If they seem very busy and agree to schedule some time with you on another day – book the meeting. Send a calendar invite to them. Say thank you. And hang up. You’ve made an advance.