Cold Calling Rejections & Stories

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Apr 13, 2010 2:32 pm

I know this topic has already been discussed, but I like hearing the stories and I am really not that good at Roogling. 

I was cold calling today and an older woman picked up and I gave my introduction followed by a bit of silence.  Very politley she asks me if like carpet, I say "yes," which she promptly follows up with, "well then why don't you eat mine."  I am completely dumbfounded and say "excuse me," and she follows up with "you heard me you turd, eat it," then the ubiquitous click.

Anyone else get any of these types of responses?  I also had a guy tell me that I no longer exist, and tells me I'm no better than a beggar on a street acting like a tellar behind a counter at a bank.  He then lays into the "man" and the shadow gov't always trying to steal a buck from him and his family going back to the days of slavery and oppression.  I am always thrilled with these types of rejections and it actually motivates me to call more just to hear what other people might say.

Apr 13, 2010 3:10 pm

Those people don't have money... Just move on..

Apr 13, 2010 3:12 pm

hahahahah thats awesome

I've never heard anything remotely close to either of those. My list is comprised of only those with a household income of $100k+ so they never really rag on "the man." I do hear people that still think the country's going to hell in a handbasket. That's when you get to ask them what the DOW dropped to. They ALWAYS know what it dropped to and they respond almost immediately. "6,500." Then you ask them what it's at today =)

I do like to call back those who hang up on me mid-sentence and say "Oh I think we had a dropped call, must be the weather. Anyway, as I was saying..." They're absolutely dumbfounded that you call back. Although in Bill Good's marketing material, he says hang-ups are a good thing b/c they save you time rather than talking for 30 seconds and eventually getting the "no." Sometimes I can't resist.

Gotta have some fun in this rat race

Apr 13, 2010 3:26 pm

Don't focus on them. Had someone get pissed that I didn't know a TV finance pundit's personal telephone number. Makes for a funny story, that's it.

Apr 23, 2010 10:22 am

That's hilarious.  I only get the typical request to be 'taken off the list'.

Keep on truckin, my man.

Apr 23, 2010 3:06 pm

The sooner I know they are a dud the better.  However, being human, I sometimes can get angry with someone being rude to me.  It's best to let it go as quickly as possible since it drains energy I need for other calls.

May 1, 2010 6:30 pm

You just have to view these prospects as unqualified and move on.  Just call since 99 percent of advisors are not.