How Do You Handle Telemarketers?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bayou Properties


 While finishing up some paperwork the cell phone started ringing. As I rank paperwork up their with root canals, I was more than happy to answer. The gentleman calling had exchanged business cards with me at a Chamber function some months back. Admittedly, I had no clue who he was initially.

After exchanging pleasantries, he entered his pitch. Apparently there is a savings program that will soon offer rates "too good to be true". They were so good in fact that the company was not advertising to the general public.

My interest level was pretty much zero at that point. It was 100 degrees, vacation Bible school was in full swing, and my mind was elsewhere. He emailed some information which I have yet to read. But the call did get me thinking. Is this what it is like to be on the other end of the phone? Do people cringe when they see my number on the caller id?

I try to keep my prospecting calls brief and to the point. In fact most of my calls are targeted to my sphere and simply remind folks I am in the business. But even still I wonder how many dinners I have interrupted?

To their credit folks in my sphere are always polite. I have yet to have one hangup or even cut the call short. Most end with them wishing my family well. In turn, I try to treat folks calling me with respect. After all in this business you never know when you will be on the other end of the line!


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Bayou Properties Realty LLC


Bayou Properties Realty LLC

301 Jackson Street, Suite 201

Alexandria La 71301

(318) 613-1994

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Colin Moody
HCo Properties - Durham, NC

Doug, I'm usually polite and hear them out as they make their pitch. If it's a service or product that I can use I may ask them to send me additional info via email. If they are pushy they loose me completely and I'm likely to cut the call short.

Jun 22, 2010 05:32 AM #1
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

With caller ID on most phones, there is really no reason to handle them - just don't answer the call if the caller is blocked or it is a 1-800 or 1-866 number. It really works well!

Jun 24, 2010 10:44 AM #2
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