This is really something that annoys me about telemarketers that use scripts; I'm sure you've had this happen to you too.Posted by: David Regler @
The phone rings, I answer "Hello, David Regler" and they start "Can I speak with Mr David Regler please?"
Did they not hear what I just said?
If find this happens in both B2C and B2B telemarketing and it comes down to the simple fact that they're more interested in reading the script than actually opening their ears and listening to what the prospect is saying.
This is one of the reasons why we don't use scripts.
Somewhere there's a book that every telemarketing company has read that says you have to start a call with "May I speak with Mr X, please?". So, guess what, that's what every telemarketing company says when the start the call.
Think about it, you've probably been called a thousand times with that same line. So, when you hear it you just know what's coming, right? Shields up!
The trouble is that they might very well have something of interest but when they start out like this you just stop listening and start thinking "how do I get out of this call?
So you've got this bizarre situation where the telemarketer isn't listening, he's just trying to grind through the script and complete "another call". The prospect on the phone isn't listening because they're sat there trying to figure out what to say to get out of the call (which they'll do once the telemarketer finally takes a breath!).
Two people on the phone, neither wants to be there and neither is listening to the other.
Strange world, isn't it?