“Hey Jonah, it’s XXXXXXX from XXXXXXX, calling you like you asked.”
“Who are you?”
“Remember last week we spoke via e-mail and you asked me to call you this week?”
“Oh, let me check my e-mail to refresh my memory. Huh, interesting, in my e-mail I said I didn’t want to do a call with you until you pitched me your services via e-mail and I’d let you know, via e-mail, when I’d like to set up a phone call.”
“I don’t think so.”
“I’m looking at the e-mail I sent you.”
“Are you calling me a liar?”
AND that’s when the call ended.
I’ve had sales guys take this tactic with me numerous times. I get it, always keep the client talking, get your foot in the door, but there’s a point when you go too far and alienate the potential client. It’s absurd to me that these sales guys don’t get that very, very basic concept.
There’s following up, then there’s being a fucking jackass.