It is coming to year end and I do believe that if you are in Sales, it is that time of the year where the numbers have really gotta chalk up before the financial year end. Of late, I have been getting numerous phone calls from Insurance agents, Unit Trust agents, Holiday, Time-sharing resorts and you name it, they've probably called me.
Some of the telemarketeers who call are actually nice and polite but once in a while, you do chance upon a rude one or one who insists on speaking to you in their mother tongue, even though your respond is in English. Some will not even give you a chance to respond whilst there are one or two who can be downright impatient.
A friend once received a call from a telemarketeer pushing for a fitness centre and was rather persistent about it. As my friend was feeling kinda bored at that time, he decided to entertain her. Apparently the conversation went like this.
Telemarketeer : Good morning Sir.. are you a member of any Fitness Centre currently
Friend : No. I am not but I would like to consider it.
Telemarketeer : That is very good as I am going to offer you a membership at the ABC Fitness Centre. It has branches everywhere....yada yada yada.
Friend : (interrupts) Does the centre have any standby doctors or medical officers?
Telemarketeer : I am sorry Sir. The centre has personnel trained in First Aid. Is that an issue Sir?
Friend : I am a diabetic and I have high blood pressure. Not only that, I also go into epileptic fits ever so often. As long as I am assured that there will be people around to help me. By the way, do you have special equipments at the Centre?
Telemarketeer : (pause) What sort of equipment Sir are you referring to?
Friend : You see, I am an amputee?
Telemarketeer : What's that Sir?
Friend : Oh, you see, my diabetes caused me to have one of my legs surgically removed and I have also scheduled myself in for a surgery to remove my left hand as a result of gangrene.
Telemarketeer : Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. But I think there will be some equipment that you are still able to use at the centre.
Friend : Oh, that is wonderful Miss. One more thing Miss, will you be there to help me with my application form filling when I come in?
Telemarketeer : The centre personnel will be there to assist you when you drop in Sir. I am only the Telemarketeer Sir.
Friend : In that case, may I know your name Miss?
Telemarketeer : Why Sir?
Friend : I just want to thank you and let the Fitness Centre people know how great you are in convincing a blind 70 year old man, suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, with one hand and one leg to join the centre. You are an excellent saleslady. I really think more people like me should join the Fitness Centre. I would like to make sure the Centre knows how good you are.
Telemarketeer : (clink)
Friend : Hello... Hello....
My friend Billy must have been also at a the receiving end of such a call to for he sent me this video...
Tom Mabe is one stand-up comedian who decided to play a prank on a telemarketer. View this for a good laugh ...