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What Is Your Intention?

By Mary Jane Copps | September 27, 2015

  Many of my clients are people who never – ever – wanted to “sell” anything. They are: Owners of startups, passionate and knowledgeable about the product they’ve created but now need to produce revenue; Franchisees with tons of relevant knowledge about their product or … Read more

The #1 Way To Build Relationships

By Mary Jane Copps | September 13, 2015

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. Plato My summer months were filled with delightful social situations, but The Phone Lady part of my brain doesn’t always understand the word “vacation”. It still observes and analyzes, feeding my … Read more

What’s So Great About Fall?

By Mary Jane Copps | September 7, 2015

Yup – that’s a red maple leaf that crossed my path during my Labour Day travels. It’s a colourful reminder that … it’s September. And whether or not you live where leaves become yellow, orange and red, it’s still the final four months of 2015. Now is the … Read more

When We Communicate …

By Mary Jane Copps | August 30, 2015

“Some opportunities knock softly. Pay attention” Mark Hobbs, Partner, Fundmetric One thing I know to be true after 28 years as an entrepreneur: “You just never know”. Something seemingly insignificant can turn out to be an amazing opportunity and …vice versa. Our ability to notice … Read more

When Does Voicemail Matter?

By Mary Jane Copps | August 22, 2015

It started in December 2014, when Coca Cola announced that it was eliminating voicemail at head office. Then in June, Daniel Huang of The Wall Street Journal, contacted me to comment on major US banks shutting down voicemail for some internal departments. This reality – that … Read more

You Aren’t Making Enough Calls To Hit Your Quota …

By Mary Jane Copps | August 16, 2015

Welcome to a guest post by Greg Poirier. Greg’s a bit of a rock star in Canada’s startup community and a tireless advocate of picking up the phone and making things happen. In addition … he’s got a wicked sense of humour. Enjoy and share!  … and you don’t … Read more

When Do CEOs Return Cold Calls?

By Mary Jane Copps | August 8, 2015

Well, in this case it was Friday morning. The CEO of a large New York-based company (approx. $100M in revenue) left me an urgent message early Friday morning, August 7, requesting that I call him on his cellphone as soon as possible. He answered my … Read more

Response: When & How to Leave the Details

By Mary Jane Copps | July 19, 2015

Welcome to a guest post by Linda Daley, owner of Daley Progress. She had an immediate reaction to my last post and agreed to share her thoughts with us. Linda helps busy business owners build relationships and their reputation through their newsletters. Read her articles on the Work … Read more

The Illusion of the Detailed Message

By Mary Jane Copps | July 12, 2015

Why do some voicemail messages result in a return call and other’s don’t? While there are a wide variety of reasons, one of the biggest contributors to the unreturned call is the detailed message. The role of the detailed message is : 1) to provide information to … Read more

How To Cold Call Even When You Are Afraid

By Mary Jane Copps | July 5, 2015

Welcome to the second guest post by Scott Davis, owner of Davis Writing Solutions, documenting his discovery of the power of phone communication. His dedication to his craft – and to embracing phone communication – is inspirational. Enjoy and share!  Does the thought of making cold calls … Read more

#1 Reason to Refine Your Phone Skills

By Mary Jane Copps | June 28, 2015

Mid-June delivered two notable moments for The Phone Lady: 1) On Saturday June 14, my interview with freelance writer Adam McDowell was published as the Saturday feature in the National Post’s Weekend Post. This was followed, on June 16, by the full article being published online, … Read more

How I Learned to Cold Call

By Mary Jane Copps | June 14, 2015

Welcome to the first in a series of posts by Scott Davis, owner of Davis Writing Solutions, documenting his discovery of the power of phone communication. His dedication to his craft – and to embracing phone communication – is inspirational. Enjoy and share!  I’m terrified … Read more

The Beginning of the End of Voice Mail?

By Mary Jane Copps | June 7, 2015

This past week I was delighted to hear from Daniel Huang, a Wall Street Journal reporter covering the banking sector, and honoured to be included in his report on the elimination of voice mail by several major U.S. banks.  Coca Cola made the same move … Read more

What if You Changed Your Mind?

By Mary Jane Copps | May 31, 2015

“Change your thoughts, change your world” was introduced to us by Norman Vincent Peale , a minister and author who, in 1952, published The Power of Positive Thinking,  a book that garnered him a lot of criticism and created quite a bit of controversy. Today is has been translated … Read more

Solving the Persistence Puzzle

By Mary Jane Copps | May 23, 2015

Welcome to the fourth in a series of posts by Leslie Gallagher, owner of Worklocal.jobs, documenting her discovery of the power of phone communication. I’ve been inspired by the joy, excitement and success she’s generated while developing her new skills – and I hope you are too. Enjoy … Read more

4 Steps = Great Vacation Message

By Mary Jane Copps | May 18, 2015

This Canadian long weekend seems like the perfect time to revisit how to create your vacation voice mail message. After all, summer vacation is coming our way! In the excitement of summer vacation – or really any vacation – people become, well, thought-less. This can … Read more

The #1 Rule of Phone Work

By Mary Jane Copps | May 3, 2015

As with all blog posts, I’ve been thinking about this one for several days – letting images and words bump around in my head before finally sitting down to move all the thoughts into logical order. The images go all the way back to 1988 … Read more

Saving the Best for Last

By Mary Jane Copps | April 26, 2015

Welcome to the third in a series of posts by Leslie Gallagher, owner of Worklocal.jobs, documenting her discovery of the power of phone communication. I’ve been inspired by the joy, excitement and success she’s generated while developing her new skills – and I hope you are too. Enjoy and … Read more

What If You Were Honoured?

By Mary Jane Copps | April 19, 2015

Imagine you are at a large business event and the person closest to you politely begins a conversation. They are familiar with your company and your industry and express genuine interest in the work you are doing. Not only that, they ask intelligent questions and … Read more

The Truth About Phone Skills

By Mary Jane Copps | April 12, 2015

Welcome to the second in a series of posts by Leslie Gallagher, owner of Worklocal.jobs, documenting her discovery of the power of phone communication. I’ve been inspired by the joy, excitement and success she’s generated while developing her new skills – and I hope you are too. Enjoy and … Read more

The Price of Arrogance

By Mary Jane Copps | April 5, 2015

I’m no stranger to arrogance . . . and neither are you. All of us, from time to time, believe we know better, have “the” answer, are smarter or more important. It ‘s human nature for our ego to occasionally take over in this way. … Read more

Networking with Your Voice

By Mary Jane Copps | March 28, 2015

Just over a month ago, I was introduced to Leslie Gallagher with a request to help her pick up the phone. Her ability to own her discomfort and her determination to learn a new skill has been inspiring. She’s agreed to share her experiences with … Read more

Fun … and Productive!

By Mary Jane Copps | March 14, 2015

I want to share with you one of the highlights of my week. Actually, let me revise that – one of the highlights of my career as The Phone Lady. The past few years have revealed that many young people (I’ll say those under 30) … Read more

Expose Your Assumptions

By Mary Jane Copps | March 8, 2015

My husband is my most valuable teacher. While the lessons can sometimes be contentious and uncomfortable, they always provide me with new insight and important knowledge about myself and human nature in general. Such is the case with assumptions. For many years, any time we were in … Read more

The 3 Basics of Effective Phone Communication

By Mary Jane Copps | February 28, 2015

A dear friend of mine used to say “There are three possible answers to every question – yes, no and I don’t know.” I’m reminded of the wisdom of these words often, especially when it comes to the telephone. Effective phone communication is direct and honest. … Read more

Are You Being Vulgar?

By Mary Jane Copps | February 22, 2015

“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.” Dame Maggie Smith, as Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey Among the many “zingers” that Dame Maggie Smith gets to deliver on Downton Abbey, this one captured my full attention. It speaks directly … Read more

The AABC’s of Leaving Message – Part IV

By Mary Jane Copps | March 23, 2014

We all walk away from creating long-lasting valuable relationships and increasing our revenue because we refuse to do this one thing  – the “C” of leaving messages – continue calling! Persistence is what makes things happen. Consider this quote from Steve Foran: “I took Mary … Read more

3 “Must Do’s” for B2B Sales in 2014 (Part III)

By Mary Jane Copps | December 23, 2013

I’ll keep this brief … and so must you! It is vital to your sales success that you practice precision, brevity, efficiency. All of our prospects, and customers, want more of our most valuable resource – time. When we show respect for our prospect’s time … Read more

3 “Must-Do’s” for B2B Phone Sales in 2014 (Part II)

By Mary Jane Copps | December 15, 2013

Using email to sell to prospects and clients without any conversation is like working on a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing. The end result won’t be what you wanted and … it won’t be as much fun! It isn’t that I don’t appreciate email. Know … Read more

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CRTC has recently taken new steps to fight fraud calls and phone scams. Read (and listen) to what Mary Jane has to say about this problem.
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Some on Wall Street are hanging up on voicemail. See what The Phone Lady has to say.