How to tell a crappy salesman

Today I’m talking about voice mails. I’ve encountered many companies like mine who don’t give out names or contact information from the front desk, so I’m assuming you have encountered them too. I’m extremely lucky in that I have a specially tailored voice mail box to dump–er, I mean connect these callers into to leave their vitally important sales pitch in, and provide them with vital information about bidding to our company.  It goes a little something like this:


“…You may leave a message here for any member of COMPANY’s executive team. Additionally, you may leave information in this voice mail box for any office at COMPANY for which you do not have a current contact name. Please specify your service or commodity, and the reason for your call.”


So, how to tell the dorks? They state their name and their phone number, and request a call back. The dumbest ones say things like “I’d like to hear back from you TODAY.” (Seriously.) But don’t state why they’re calling. As if the president of the company is going to return a blind call from someone who sounds like a prison call center marketer because he says I want to hear from you today.


How to tell they are REALLY just garbage callers? Still saying nothing about the actual reason for their call (because there really is nothing valid to say) they repeat their  phone number. As if we couldn’t just replay the message to get it. DUH!


Anyone who repeats their name or phone number twice in a voicemail message is a total dork.


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