Tips from August 25, 2009
The Small Business tips today discuss how to open a cold call.
- When initiating the cold call, greet the person and introduce yourself. Be friendly, courteous and confident. Ask if they can help you or direct you to who can.
- When reaching who you need to talk to, introduce yourself again. If someone transferred you, reference that person. Don't roll into your pitch right away.
- Don't give the people you're calling the chance to end the conversation. Don't ask "Is this a good time to talk?"; "How are you today?" Yes or no questions give opportunity to say no. Ask questions that illicit more discussion.
- Greet your target, introduce yourself, give a brief overview about the product or service and then transition to questions that will begin the dialogue to a more targeted pitch.
Daily Overview: Don't give your prospects a chance to stop you short. Be friendly & open with courage!