While sitting in the tire repair shop today, a memory came back to me. I was sitting there listening to the phone ring and the guy who answered kept saying the same phrase. “It’s a great day here, who do I have the pleasure of speaking with today?” He was very upbeat, but I wondered how he could do that everyday, how many times he had to repeat that over and over?
I then remembered how there was a time long ago that I repeated the same phrase over and over again on the phone. One of my very first jobs was a ….. . Yes, I don’t want to say it too loud, please don’t throw stones, but well, for a short time, I was a telemarketer!
I sold magazines, any kind of magazine you wanted, I could sell you. I had a piece of paper with my script on it, but after reading it several times on the phone, I didn’t need the paper anymore. It wasn’t that I just had it memorized, it was that I chose to improvise! Of course, I only could do that when the boss man wasn’t in the room.
As much as I hated bugging people on the phone, I will say that I had some fun moments with the job. My improvising actually helped me to become one of the best sellers at the company and I had some fun conversations on the phone. We talked about their pets or their hobbies and then I would suggest a magazine that they may like.
I liked keeping things simple. On the paper there was written responses we were supposed to give to people that said “No.” My response was ” Okay, thank you, have a nice day!” and I moved on to the next person on the list to call. That’s how I made more sales. I was busy calling, why my co-workers were busy trying to convince the people they called, that they really did want some magazines.
There was a little bell on our desk that we were supposed to ring when we made a sale. That would get the boss’s attention and he would come to finalize the sale. There were times I would try to very lightly ring the bell, for I didn’t always get the friendliest looks from my co-workers when they would hear my bell… again! I kept the boss happy though.
I made decent money, but didn’t stay there long, too monotonous and like I said, I didn’t like bugging people. If people wanted magazines, they could just go to the store and buy them!
Do you have a job story you would like to share? One of your first jobs that perhaps you can’t believe that you did? A job you wouldn’t do again? Feel free to share below.