The perfect way to start 2010. Thank you for your insight and motivation.
I'm the same way if I want or need something I know it.O.K. I gotta say it.
IMHO, all those sales tactics are intrusive. I get sales people all the time in my office trailer leaving me pens, calenders, notepads, coffee cups on and on. If they insist on me taking it it goes straight in the trash, while they are watching! If they leave it on my desk while I am out in the building it goes in the trash as soon as I find it. Lately some of the temporary labor places and equipment rental yards have hired attractive young women to come out on the site and distribute this junk. I'm too old for that to work with me. If they get their hands on my business card, they wear me out with emails.
Please don't come "canvassing" in my neighborhood.
It's hardly the same thing if a HO picks out a terrible color. That's his choice and his taste in purple soffits or whatever. When someone makes a decision to use intrusive sales tactics it's a concious decision to force something on somebody.I agree with the intrusive side of pens and canvassing, BUT... when it comes down to it, it doesn't really matter what I think. How often have you done a job and thought jeez what a terrible color or style the HO picked out. The point is if that's what it takes then that's what you do. If the guy made a record year in sales than guess what, pens and coffee cups from china work.
OK, you have a point, I got to say again I hate the tactics myself. The thing is if being intrusive works and advertising in the YP or on the web doesn't.... I guess it's the old question, does the ends justify the means?It's hardly the same thing if a HO picks out a terrible color. That's his choice and his taste in purple soffits or whatever. When someone makes a decision to use intrusive sales tactics it's a concious decision to force something on somebody.
One of my rules of personal conduct that has served me well over the years is to never ask an employee to do something that I wouldn't do myself.You don't need to canvass. You can get someone to do it for you almost for free (well, sort of for free).
and I tell him it will be a cold day in xxxx before I knock on a door. It is a great feeling to be able to give people work and hand out paychecks.