The phone rings at dinner time and you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know it’s likely a telemarketer but answer the call anyway. It might be important. 9 times out of 10 your first instinct was right. But there are ways to foil these interruptions.
- Don’t buy. Telemarketing persists because it’s profitable. For all the rejections there are enough acceptances that make it worthwhile. If we all stopped buying/signing up/donating via a telemarketing call it would have to stop.
- Don’t offer excuses. Telemarketers use scripts and have a counter-offer for every excuse you could possibly imagine. Just say no and hang up. You’ll be doing them a favour too by not wasting their time.
- Do use an answering machine. For those peak-calling times which coincide with family rush hour, use an answering machine. Telemarketers never leave messages and anyone who really needs you will.
- Do head them off at the pass. In Australia, we have the Do Not Call register. Elsewhere you may consider getting an unlisted number.
Know of any other strategies?