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I sent 11 of 7878's, I got 1 phone call. Was too anxious to pick it up. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Online Reputation Management (ORM)' started by bushwinder, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. bushwinder

    bushwinder Newbie

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    Two days ago, I sent 11 of 7878's letter to restaurants and pubs. I just got a call now, at 10am, from a pub nearby but I was too nervous to pick it up. He didn't leave a voicemail.

    I intend to call him back later. But I'm really not looking forward to it.

    I'm 19 with no previous selling experience. I am not particularly fond of speaking to strangers.


    Any advice?

    Edit: The reason why I'm worried is because I'm afraid that I'll sound nervous on the phone and because of this, I will lose my crediblity as "the expert".

    Edit 2: Just got another call. Didn't pick it up. He left a very brief voicemail. He just gave me his name and said to call him when I can. Getting anxious about waiting too long to call :/ I guess if I call him later today, it wouldn't hurt to say I was just very busy today.
     
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  2. iPinner

    iPinner Supreme Member Premium Member

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    OP is that you?
     
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  3. srb888

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    Now that you've already taken the jump :), don't rethink about it. OK?

    Go ahead and give him a call. Don't worry, at the most he will like your business proposal. :;), and it can begin a new successful, fruitful, happy career for a now-doubting you! lol. Cheer up, and work out what you're going to say, and say it, and open and close it with a cheerful attitude...
     
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  4. vortez

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    Just pick up the phone and call him.

    Don't think about it.
     
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  5. iPinner

    iPinner Supreme Member Premium Member

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    Man, just write all the shit you want to tell them on the paper in front of you and follow your topic. Think of what could they ask for, so you will have all the answers prepared.
    Even if you will fail with the call 1 or call 100, you will learn how to do this right in the end and feel more comfortable doing this later.
     
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    You are overthinking it! That's the problem!

    Have you ever considered what you will loose if the phone call doesn't go as planned? Nothing!
    You WILL get a little experience from that phone call, which will help you with the next call and so on.

    If you don't take action, you will be in the same spot for ever. If you TAKE ACTION and it doesn't succeed, you're in the same place!
    However, if it does succeed (and it WILL!) then you're making progress.

    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
    - Wayne Gretzky




     
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  7. miedy

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    iPinner is right... write it down... write some introductory greetings like "hi mr. someone good evening and thank you for reaching my company or something....this is mr. expert how may i help you?" though im not fond of talking to anyone this is actually i get when i am calling for a service... you get the idea.
     
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    You got 2 calls out of only 11 letters and you didn't pick them up? You might have lost 2 potential clients worth $xxxx/month!
     
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    Congrats for taking action but not answering calls from potential customers is so wrong
     
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  10. bushwinder

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    It was one caller. He called two times.
     
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    There's plenty of members amongst these forums that would kill for a targeted lead, a phone call from a prospect or just a CHANCE. Whilst I understand it's about confidence, why even bother contacting them to begin with? As previously mentioned, write down what you plan on saying to the caller, and work through it.

    Stop over-thinking the situation and playing through the phone call in your head, that's what's causing the anxiety.
     
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    Call him back ASAP and just chat with him. Don't sell him as that will not come off natural for you.

    See what his needs are, explain that those issues can be fixed and offer to help him out.

    Guy calls twice is usually white hot so jump on that. Worst thing that can happen is you fail and you'll learn from that failure... we ALL have failed at one time or another in our lives.
     
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    I would be exactly the same OP, but you gotta start somewhere so just go for it, as pinner said above write down what you want to say and go for it.

    You CAN do it.
     
  14. bushwinder

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    I've been meaning to call him all day. But I've been procrastinating.

    Right now, its 4pm here. Business hours is almost up. It would be great if I called him now, but I'd rather do it tomorrow. Why? I feel so anxious right now, I'm worried it will show on my voice. Perhaps tommorow, after I've forgotten about it, I would sound less desperate and nervous on the phone.
     
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    Pardon me for asking the obvious, but why on earth did you send out the letters if you suffer from anxiety, procrastinate instead of being proactive, and are no good at sales? There's a difference between getting butterflies before your first meeting and what you're doing. Not everyone is cut out for sales. If you don't love what you're doing, you will never last in the field.
     
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    Have a drink before calling, you'll be less anxious ! (just one... )
     
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  17. srb888

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    If you put off the today to tomorrow, the tomorrow will never present to you any future! A.C.T. NOW!!!

    come back here in 3 hours with an update... I guess it's going to be a 100% great news!
     
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    Just remember all of your prospects aren't talking to each other. If you make a call and mess up then just move on to the next one. Believe me after you have taken 20 calls you will start to get pretty good at it.
     
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    Ask yourself: Bro, do I even want to succeed?

    Do you really want to spend the rest of your days asking for advice on a forum about what you should do?

    I suffer from speaking on phones too (colleagues have said I'm very blunt and impersonal - in my mind, I'm just getting my job done), but I do it every time - want to know why? Because every time I do it, I get a little less nervous and a little bit better.

    People who are genuinely interested in your service/s won't mind if you stumble over a couple of words or pause to think (just so long as you get your product and ideas across to them clearly) for a few seconds. Ultimately, if you're nervous it means that you care about your clients and want them to be satisfied (that's a really good thing) with the end results of your service/s.

    Lastly, don't think too much. Just talk about your USP/s and analyse yourself after the call.

    Nerves mean you care, but delaying your calls may ultimately mean you don't want it enough (not saying you don't, but I think you can go out there and prove to yourself that you do).

    SEOMG
     
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  20. bushwinder

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    I suck at sales. I knew from the very start I was gonna get anxious and procrastinate.

    The idea was to develop a small client base, then outsource all selling to grow the business.

    When I sent those letters, I thought I'd be able to "suck it up" and make the calls.

    But it seems like I've got more than what I've bargained for.

    I feel regret and disappointment for not making the call. But I'll try again tomorrow. It's a saturday so it might seem odd that I'm calling on a non-busines day. But whatever right? What do i have to lose.