Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I don't feel too bad for them though. If you take a telemarketing job and don't realize what you're signing up for, then one eight hour shift will quickly teach you. And either a thick skin will develop or you will resign by days end. My wife and I usually are not rude or overly angry with these calls but we can be abrupt and to the point about getting off the phone and voicing our disinterest in new rain gutters, widgets, and extended warranties. However, I've adopted a different strategy over the past few years that I highly recommend. Mess with them.
I do this in a variety of ways but my favorite is answering in Spanish. A typical call goes something like this:
Telemarketer: Yes, may I speak with Jim?
Me: Lo Siento, senior Jaime no esta. Que quierres?
Telemarketer: Do you speak English?
Me: Juro fidilidad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de la America. A la republica, que representa...
Another suggestion is to let really young children answer these calls. After asking to speak with mom or dad twenty two times, they normally get frustrated and hang up. The young kids love the chance to practice their phone skills and thankfully cannot legally purchase anything on your behalf. But just when I thought I was creative and funny with my handling of these calls, I stumbled on this idea (video below) and realized I am just an amateur. I now have a new strategy my friends. I recommend we all implement this one.