Annoying sales calls
It's my first morning back in the office after a lovely week's holiday in the Lake District, and already I'm feeling grumpy again. Just had a sales call from someone claiming to be from Reuters (not sure whether he really was or not) trying to sell me some expensive business intelligence reports. As I've blogged before, I find unsolicited sales calls deeply annoying, and pretty much the first thing I asked him was "are you trying to sell me anything?", to which he answered that he wasn't. After proceeding to waste 5 minutes of my time, he then tried to sell me something.
Seriously, is there some sales school out there that tells its students that telling blatant and clearly discoverable lies to your potential customers' direct questions is a good way to gain their trust? As I pointed out to my caller in no uncertain terms, it really isn't.