When I started my first company, at the tender and overly self-confident age of 28, one small word got in the way of my increasing revenue consistently. That word was “just”. I used it in my telephone conversations, like most people do, to be polite, to imply I would take only a minute of someone’s time. For example: “Jane Smith, it’s Mary Jane Copps calling from The Phone Lady and I’m just calling to … .” But politeness is not what’s heard on the other end. What’s heard is: “Jane Smith, it’s Mary Jane Copps calling from The Phone Lady and I’m calling you to tell you something completely unimportant.” Using the word “just” destroys the opportunity for dialogue and sets you up as an unwelcome intrusion in someone’s busy day. Eliminate it from your telephone vocabulary. Thanks to those sending in questions and comments. It’s exciting! I’ll be adding new content to this blog at the beginning of each week, but if you send in a question I’ll post an answer within 48 hours. I look forward to hearing from you.
Where’s The Phone Lady?
September 17 – Phone Skills for Job Search and On The Job, YWCA, Halifax, NS
September 19 – Telephone Excellence that Book Meetings and Grow Revenue, Desjardins Insurance, National, Webinar
September 26 - Kickstart Your Business Blog, in partnership with Linda Daley of Daley Progress - only 6 spots available.
October 1 - Phone Skills for Job Search and On The Job, Youth Employability and Learning Lab, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS (Miriam Jobin, Facilitator)
October 1 – Telephone Skills for Today’s Busy Professionals, Desjardins Insurance, National Online Summit
October 1 – Talking to Your Customers, CBDC Hants Kings, Kentville, NS
October 2 – Talking to Your Customers, CEED, Halifax, NS
October 4 – Creating Your Sales Process, CEED, Halifax, NS
October 7 – Talking to Your Customers, CBDC NOBL, Truro, NS
October 9 – Customer Service Excellence, Bayshore HealthCare, Halifax, NS
October 10 - Phone Skills for Job Search and on the Job, Phoenix Youth Programs, Halifax, NS
October 15 – How to Make Sales When You Hate Selling (part of Small Business Week), Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS
October 17 – Talking to Your Customers, CBDC NOBL, New Glasgow, NS