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Oct 30, 2009 3:24 pm

How do you cold walkers handle ye olde "NO Soliciting" Sign I see posted at almost every business I pass.

Just Curious?!

Oct 30, 2009 3:31 pm

Walk in and ignore it.  No one ever mentions it anyway.

 
Or, you can be afraid of inanimate objects and words for the rest of your short career.
 
Your choice.
Oct 30, 2009 3:34 pm

"Hey, I see you have the no-soliciting sign, so can I just schedule an appointment with the owner?"

 
"Oh, don't worry about that, what do you do?" (assuming you are dressed nicely and are not selling Bibles or something.)
Oct 30, 2009 4:36 pm

B24, that's a good line.  I may steal it. 

 
I ignore them.
Oct 31, 2009 8:14 am

I don't run into many of those signs when calling on the phone, not that I ever paid attention to them anyhow.  And in the time it takes me to walk into one business, I can call several.< id="gwProxy" ="">< ="jsCall;" id="jsProxy" ="">

Oct 31, 2009 8:16 am

It's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission

Oct 31, 2009 10:26 am
IndyIndy:

I don't run into many of those signs when calling on the phone, not that I ever paid attention to them anyhow.  And in the time it takes me to walk into one business, I can call several.< id="gwProxy" ="">< ="jsCall;" id="jsProxy" ="">



 
I assume that you are trying to argue about the superiority of cold calling.  It misses the point.  Cold calling may work better for you.  However, let's assume that you have a meeting at 123 Main Street and you arrive 5 minutes early.  Even if cold walking is not as good, it still makes sense to walk into the business at 125 Main Street.  There is always the very real possibility that the business owner at 125 Main Street is someone that will never take a call from a cold caller, but will talk to you when you walk into his door.  If he won't talk to you when you walk in, there is nothing that prevents you from calling.
 
It all boils down to spending your time seeing people or fighting to see them.  (or trying to sell them if your practice focuses on selling on the phone)
Oct 31, 2009 1:53 pm

I walk right in and say:

 
"I see that you have a no soliciting sign out there, but that's a degrading term, I'm actually a salesman. Is the owner available?"
Oct 31, 2009 1:59 pm

No offense, but I think most people would say that 'salesman' is just as offensive to the uniformed as solicitor.

 
The interesting thing is that any business owner that doesn't take sales calls or discourages solicitors is quite uniformed about what makes the economy work.
 
In fact, in one other thread several of the posters on this board mentioned that they don't take solicitors and/or sales calls. Some even boasted about being rude to them. It's both amazing and enlightening that people would be so closed minded as to think that is impressive.
 
Any person, business owner, or other entity that is not constantly on the look out for a good idea or better way to do things is destined for mediocrity. There are alot of bad ideas and bad salespeople around, but there are also alot of great ideas to problems people have that they just haven't heard about yet. To all those that are rude or disinterested in hearing new ideas; congratulations, you are missing the boat.
Oct 31, 2009 2:25 pm

When I think of "solicitors" I think of some person who is carrying a whole bunch of STUFF to sell.  A large backpack filled with stuffed animals, knick-knacks, magazines... the peddlers that (IMO) don't contribue anything to a business EXCEPT to waste the time of employees and staff to distract them to look at a catalog and buy something right then and there and interferes with business operations.



 
I don't interfere with business operations without the consent of the owner.  Asking to be introduced to the owner is within normal business operations for any business & professional salesperson.
Oct 31, 2009 8:51 pm

Ignore it. Nothing else to say.

Oct 31, 2009 8:55 pm
LSUAlum:

No offense, but I think most people would say that 'salesman' is just as offensive to the uniformed as solicitor.

 
The interesting thing is that any business owner that doesn't take sales calls or discourages solicitors is quite uniformed about what makes the economy work.
 
In fact, in one other thread several of the posters on this board mentioned that they don't take solicitors and/or sales calls. Some even boasted about being rude to them. It's both amazing and enlightening that people would be so closed minded as to think that is impressive.
 
Any person, business owner, or other entity that is not constantly on the look out for a good idea or better way to do things is destined for mediocrity. There are alot of bad ideas and bad salespeople around, but there are also alot of great ideas to problems people have that they just haven't heard about yet. To all those that are rude or disinterested in hearing new ideas; congratulations, you are missing the boat.
 
When I do say it, i say it with sarcasm, a smile and a chuckle. It usually makes people laugh.
Jan 16, 2010 9:03 am
LSUAlum:

No offense, but I think most people would say that 'salesman' is just as offensive to the uniformed as solicitor.



The interesting thing is that any business owner that doesn't take sales calls or discourages solicitors is quite uniformed about what makes the economy work.



In fact, in one other thread several of the posters on this board mentioned that they don't take solicitors and/or sales calls. Some even boasted about being rude to them. It's both amazing and enlightening that people would be so closed minded as to think that is impressive.



Any person, business owner, or other entity that is not constantly on the look out for a good idea or better way to do things is destined for mediocrity. There are alot of bad ideas and bad salespeople around, but there are also alot of great ideas to problems people have that they just haven't heard about yet. To all those that are rude or disinterested in hearing new ideas; congratulations, you are missing the boat.





Whenever I come across a sales person, I hang on their every word. There's so much I can learn from a good salesperson.



And if the guy can get me to look at hand cream at the mall...he's a good salesperson.

Maybe I'll even buy some...makes my hands silky soft!

Jan 18, 2010 8:37 am

My town just recently (last month) instituted an ordinance that requires you to get a license to go knock on doors.  However, they are extremely discriminatory in how they are applying it.  You can get a license if you are a girl scout or belong to a church, but if you work for AT&T and Edward Jones you are out of luck.

This is what is the most interesting - one of the people instrumental getting this ordinance passed was an established EJ advisor.  Lol! And after they just opened 3 new offices here.

Jan 26, 2015 7:05 pm

When I was in real estate..I did a LOT of door knocking, I went ahead and knocked on those doors with a sign posted at the doors and nobody made an issue about it.

When I get licensed, I am going to knock on those doors again.Real estate people call it "farming", I find it a better thing then
calling on the phone.