Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.
– W. Clement Stone
Dear Salesperson Who Thinks You Are Clever,
You’re not. You are approximately the four hundred twenty-seventh person this week to try to get access to an administrator by claiming to be a close personal friend. I am not quite an idiot, thank you, and I have heard every single one of the techniques you will try to get around me.
“He’ll see me, he asked me to come in,” you say.
I doubt that, since he’s been on vacation most of this week and plans on being out of the office for a good chunk of the next as well.
“He’s a very old friend of mine, but I don’t know how to get in touch with him,” you try next.
That’s funny. I’ve got phone numbers, email, blogs, Facebook, googling, and any number of ways to get in touch with my “very old friends.”
“Don’t you know who I am?!” you cry in desperation.
No. And since it’s my job to most relevant people, that ought to tell you something.
See, Small Dog may be a minor secretary way down on the totem pole, but she’s good at her job. And it would take a far cleverer salesman than you to get past the gates. You may leave your card and contact information like everybody else.
Have a nice day.