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Eight Creative Ways To Get Rid Of A Telemarketer
#1 I Have Enough Cash
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One evening a telemarketer called my cellphone which seems to be increasingly popular in the telemarketing world. I said "hello." The telemarketer went on to tell me congratulations my name was being entered into a million dollar sweepstakes, before she could go into a pitch to sale a magazine I bursted into excitement and said oh my gosh that is wonderful but I have more money than I know what to do with and don't need any cash, but thanks so much for calling. The telemarketer was lost for words.
#2 Dog Playing With The Cat" My dog and cat are playing really rough, and I am afraid kitty is going to scratch up my puppy. I need to go separate them". I have not used this one, but can not wait to see what type of response I get. There are no rebuttals for someone saying anything this unusual on the phone. If anyone know anything about sales, they know all sales callers have rebuttals to the word no thank you. The key is they are thrown off guard, and if they are not fast thinking they will just say ok, and let you go.
#3 Flood In The Kitchen
"I have a flood in the kitchen, and water is everywhere." Telling anyone that the sink is running over with water to get anyone off the phone. The first thing they probably will say is "can I call you back?" You know how telemarketers will try to get that second call in. I am usually quick with my answer I tell them what the problem is, and I generally just say thanks for calling. I usually get dead air, because they really do not know what to make of the situation, so I hang up.
Any time someone hear of water running everywhere they know you need to go clean up a big mess.
#4 I Am A Telemarketer
Tell them you are a telemarketer, and you just got off work and you are tired. I have used this one so many times in the past that it is uncountable. I have worked in sales for years. For me this one always kept the conversation going because I use to tell the person what they said wrong, and why the lost my interest. Before I know anything I am speaking to the person like a friend, and a whole new conversation has started. For this one it is best to say you just got off work and you are really tired.
#5 Baby Making Dinner
"My baby is trying to help me make dinner by dancing in the mash potatoes". The key is to always catch them off guard with creative witty excuses why you need to go. Of course you are going to get some laughs and nine time out of ten they are not going to know what to say and you will have accomplished your mission, and that is getting them off the phone. You will have them scratching their head, but at least you will be off the phone.
#6 Lighting Striking
"A bolt of lighting just clashed throw your bathroom window." Believe it or not I have actually said this to a telemarketer, and their response was I do understand, and they got off the phone. This one left me stractching my head after I get off the phone. I was shocked that the sales person was really at a lost for words.
#7 Ceiling Fan Crashed On Dining Room Table
"My ceiling fan just crashed into the dining room table." And you need to call the landlord right away. Anytime a salesperson hears any type of catastrophe of any sort they should be trying to get off the phone right away, and move on to the next caller. There first come back might be seriously from hearing something that bizarre. Come right back with seriously yes I need to get going.
#8 Most common one someone's at the door - It may not get you off the phone quickly, and you may need to say it twice that you need to get the door. This one is not only good for sales people but good for the gabby relatives that can talk nonstop for an hour. I have used the "I need to get the door" a zillion times to get off the phone from gabby people. Whoever is home I flag them and tell them ring the bell, ring the bell, and whether it was mom or a boyfriend they go ring the belll. There is only so mch conversation I can stand within one phone call. No one home with you, go ring the bell yourself they won't know whose ringing the bell. Believe it or not I have rang my own doorbell to get off the phone, and it works. Not one time every time.
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