In March 2015 one of my startups Augmented Pixels raised $ 1m in investments from VC investors.
We got pretty good news coverage in mass media.
The next day after that my phone started ringing off the hook as different sales managers were offering me everything from headhunting and office leasing services to obscure сloud servers … and even offering to send me the news about funding printed and put in a frame.
The first reaction to this load of sales calls was simple – just to hang the phone as soon as I realized that that was not a client calling but just another attempt to sell me something.
But in a day this strategy did not help anymore – phone calls became very frequent, 2 phone calls per hour. I became sick of them and even started to think about turning off the phone for a week, which was of course unacceptable.
But what to do in such a desperate situation?
Of course, look for ways to get profit !!!!
Suddenly, I got an idea that maybe I should start communicating with salespeople who called me every day. After all, they know English well, they were taught how to speak, they have a scheme of selling, they are able to work with the objections, and so on. Why not to learn from them and improve my English? ”
As a result, I spent 3 weeks communicating with salespeople 1-1, 5 hours a day and I can assure you that it had some results:
1. I managed to improve my business English pronunciation;
2. I learnt a few new schemes how to handle client objections (had to play a stupid, inadequate and loony customer when dealing with several salespeople)
3. I liked two of the sales managers so much that I invited them for an interview to fill the similar vacancy in my company;
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