How To Deal With Pesky, Annoying Salespeople Who WON'T Leave You.........ALONE
Salespeople are part of the American fabric. In fact, they are an integral part of our culture and society. One can say that American enterprise was built upon the backs of salespeople. It was salespeople who created department stores, businesses, and/or other conglomerates. Levi Strauss who found Levi Strauss & Company started as a salesperson and so did Joseph Spiegel who started Spiegel, a retailing company. Many company owners and presidents started as salespeople. They exemplify the true American spirit of can do positivity and pure entrepreneurialism. It was salespeople who exemplified that American spirit of can do and pure entrepreneurialism.They are the prototypical, quintessential Americans for they are as American as apple pie, hamburgers, and milk. What would America be without salespeople? It is certain that America would be only a mere economic shadow if it were not for their driving force.
Salespeople are an important part of business. They are the backbone of many companies and corporations. Companies and corporations use salespeople to influence people to desire, even buy their products. They are further create and sustain profits for companies and corporations through their interaction with customers and/or other clientele. businesses. They also influence people to desire, even purchase the company's and/or corporation's products and/or services. They give that gift of gab and salesmanship that induces customers and/or clientele to be longtime, even lifetime loyalists to the particular company and/or corporation. They know how to make their customers and/or clientele want MORE of what the company's and/or corporation's products.
The.............BAD......Even ANNOYING....Oh Yes
Salespeople.........The BAD, UGLY, and ANNOYING
Now that the positives about salespeople are discussed and cleared, there is a darker side to salespeople. Yes, there is always a dark side to everything and every person. Salespeople can be quite pushy, even aggressive. They will not accept customers' and/or clientele's lack of interest or refusal to purchase their products and/or services. That very act is an affront to them and their ability to make that sale with the prospect of gaining a longtime, even lifetime customers and/or clientele. They realize that if a customer and/or a client is uninterested in their particular products and/or services, they may not receive a commission. Many salespeople live on their commissions based upon the number of products and/or services sold.
Salespeople also have a certain quota as to how many products and/or services they are supposed to sell. Oftentimes, their job status is determined upon reaching their particular company's and/or corporation's quota. Those who fall below that quota are reprimanded, disciplined, and/or even fired from their jobs depending upon how many times they do not reach their designated quota. In order to reach their quota, salespeople will do almost anything (legal of course-hopefully) necessary to get that customer and/or client to like, even eventually purchasing their product and services. If they have to incessantly barrage the customer/client, come in customer's/client's house or place of business to demonstrate the product, and/or continuously call the customer and/or client by phone until he/she has no other recourse but to succumb to the salespeople's wiles and purchase the product out of utter resignation.
Salespeople have that special knack of getting people at the most inopportune moment. A person is tired after a stressful work day or dealing with small children. He/she is exhausted, relaxing either watching television or listening to a cd. Now that he/she is fully relaxed, either the doorbell or the phone rings. He/she does not want to respond, figuring that whoever is at the door will go away. Oh no, the latter is even more persistent, ringing the bell or phone until this person has no other choice but to answer the bell or phone. When he/she opens the door or answers the phone, a smiling salesperson want to discuss and eventually sell their product. Even though he/she express lack of interest in the product, the salesperson become more insistent, even aggressive regarding this product. Yes, there is a phenomena of innocent people being annoyed by salespeople and it has reached epidemic proportions. This hub will discuss, even elaborate 5 humorous, tongue and cheek ways to deal with salespeople who have the habit of calling or contacting people when they least want to be bothered.
1. Be VERY Engaging
When a salesperson calls on the phone or rings the bell, just answer and be as engaging as possible. Yes, you heard correctly. If he/she calls, be as sweetly engaging as possible. Indulge him/her in a nice, long conversation about any subject that interests you. It could be family, history, movies, books, or even work. It is your call as to how the conversation will be. Draw him/her into the conversation, even pretending to be solicitous about his/her concerns if it is brought up. After a while, he/she will tired of this conversation, wondering how he/she got into this conversational morass in the first place. He/she realizes that he/she is not going to make that sale thus seeing the situation as totally futile. He/she will abruptly and probably gladly hang up the phone. Word will hopefully get around and no salesperson in his/her right mind will venture to call your house again.
If a salesperson rings your bell, do not be rude at all and slam the door. Instead invite him/her into your home. Make him/her extremely comfortable and cook him/her a sumptuous dinner. Start engaging him/her in an extremely prolonged conversation. However, you are the one in control of the situation but you are doing this in a covert way. As he/she tries to divert the conversation to his/her sale and product, you sweetly revert the subject of the conversation back to you and your interests. He/she will soon become disinterested in further conversation as he/she did not make his/her slated sale. He/she will get up, thank you for your time, and dash, not run out the door. He/she is thankful that he/she left and vow to never ever visit you again. He/she will also relay the message to his co-workers and other salespeople within his circle.
GLOOMY on a Sunny Afternoon
2, Be Gloomily MAUDLIN
A foolproof way of not having salespeople ever contact nor visit you again is to discuss, even dredge up a depressing subject. Salespeople want to be in a cheery environment as they know that there is a higher likelihood that a cheery, happy person will like, even buy their product. They do not want to be in an atmosphere which is not conducive to the sale. Now, that is where you come in. When a salesperson calls you, engage in the saddest conversation imaginable. He/she does not want to hear your sadness. He/she will soon make excuses to get off the phone and before you know it, the conversation has ceased. After this experience, he/she is not about to call you again. He/she even regretted calling you in the first place.
If a salesperson is luckless enough to visit you, just put on the gloom. Tell him/her your worst problems and experiences. Relay to him/her how no one likes you and how abysmally unlucky you are. Further discuss that life is just a preparation for death. Be as morose as possible. You can even drive him/her to utter desperation to leave your house as soon as possible. However, do not permit him/her to leave yet. Continue your gloomy conversation and really drive him/her to the edge. Now he/she is more than ready to leave and leave he/she will, never to ever grace your presence again.
3. Acting REALLY, REALLY Excited
The salesperson either calls or visits you. You are not going to be annoyed like your neighbors nor others within your vicinity who encounter salespeople discussing their products. You are going to pleasant, even enthusiastic and excited. If a salesperson calls, you are going to present your most happy voice. You are about to take happy to another, new level. You are going to regal him/her regarding how nice the product is. As he/she is about the explain the merits of the product, you start outtalking him/her. At this point, he/she really does not know how to take you. Since he/she cannot get a word in edgewise, he will soon become flabbergasted and promptly hang up the phone. He/she is not about to contact anyone like you again.
If a salesperson visits, really up your excitement game. Tell him/her how really happy you are to see him/her. State how interested you are to go into a business venture with him/her regarding the product. Regal him/her with the fact that you are becoming bored with your humdrum job so the two of you should go into business with you being the boss while he/she will be the working and silent partner. Even inform him/her that since you thought of the plan to go into business, you will take most of the profits. He/she is becoming increasingly uncomfortable. He/she is now looking for a way to......escape. He/she excuses himself/herself, saying that he/she is tired. You say that you understand and asks to discuss the matter further with him/her another time. As you open the door, he/she runs as if for his/her very life. He/she would rather kiss a king cobra than to ever encounter you again.
THIS is.............Putting Me to Sleep......
4. Be as............Boring as POSSIBLE
Nothing turns off salespeople faster than to be bored as they attempt to discuss their product with you. Salespeople want, even appreciate those who show even a modicum of interest in their product. At least they know that some type of communication is occurring. However when a person is bored, it signifies lack of interest and that he/she clearly does not want to be bothered nor listen what the salesperson has to say. If a salesperson calls, respond with your most monotone voice. As he/she is explaining the product, simply make a loud yawn. In fact, the louder the yawn, the better. When he/she tries to garner your interest in the product by asking questions, make that long silent pause, saying absolutely nothing. He/she will see that this conversation is not about to go further and hang up the phone in resignation.
If a salesperson decides to visit, act bored as he/she is describing the product at hand. As he/she is attempting to get a response from you, just look uninterested. You can even ignore him/her throughout the entire conversation. If he/she asks any questions, just ask him/her to repeat everything from the beginning, explaining that your mind was elsewhere. In fact, keep doing this repeatedly. Hopefully, he/she will get the message at this point. However, if he/she does not, simply fall asleep on the couch and snore loudly and obnoxiously. He/she will finally realize that you are not about to buy anything from him/her. He/she will leave, saying to himself/herself that he would rather deal with a corpse than to deal with you.
That's What RELATIVES Are For.........
5. Leave the Salesperson With a RELATIVE
Nothing makes a salesperson get off the phone or quickly dash for the door than to leave him/her with a relative, especially a very animated and/or contentious relative. The salesperson wants to do business with you, not the relative. If the relative intrudes and/or even usurps the conversation while the salesperson attempts to discuss the product with you, the latter is not going to take this too kindly. When a salesperson calls, answer the phone and tell him/her that your relative wants to talk to you. Then put the relative on the phone. The salesperson tells the relative to get off the phone as the former wants to talk to you, not the relative. The relative ignores him/her and continues talking, even revealing tidbits of his/her personal life. The salesperson becomes highly agitated. He/she says goodbye, being relieved to get out of the relative's clutches.
If a salesperson visits you, promptly invite him/her in and tell your relative to come over. He/she seem somewhat, even highly surprised. He/she thought that he/she was going to discuss the product with just you. You tell him/her that this relative is your favorite and you two are extremely close. The bell rings and the relative barge right in, sitting adjacent to the salesperson. You excuse yourself to go out, leaving the salesperson with the relative. The relative starts to really engage him/her in a conversation. This relative further details his/her life story. The salesperson sits there totally shocked. He/she asks the relative where are you? The relative informs him/her that you will be coming home shortly. However, a long time has passed and you still have not come home yet. The salesperson is desperate to leave-running crying out of the house. The relative calls you and you smile wickedly, knowing that the task at hand has been accomplished.
Salespeople are an important part of American society. They made America what it is business wise and economically. However, they are capable of resorting to varied means to sell their product and create loyal customers. They have the noisome habit of contacting people at the most inopportune times. The ways to deal with pesky, exasperating salespeople can range by being overly nice to them, making them feel so uncomfortably welcome that they want to leave to bringing an very lively, even contentious relative who will be quite longwinded, making them desperate to leave at the first opportunity. Yes, salespeople can be a trial and this hub addressed the humorous ways to stop them in their tracks so they will never bother you again.
© 2015 Grace Marguerite Williams
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