Today, my phone rang ...
That was kind of surprising because nobody has that number.
I use this sim card only when I'm in Germany ... so for a couple of weeks per year.
It was a random number calling ... and I already suspected what that could be about.
So I picked up.
Immediately, a guy started to introduce himself and the company he was calling from. It was so fast and clearly scripted that I didn't understand a thing.
He knew my name and wanted to confirm that I'm indeed this person. I said yes, that's me.
Then he said something along these lines...
"We could help you save up to 20% on your electricity bill. So, saving money ... is this something you're interested in?"
I had to laugh so hard ...
Every sales person who's ever written these kind of scripts for cold calls has apparently read the book "Getting to Yes." It's a famous negotiation book that basically tells you that you have to get your counterpart to say yes. When someone is in a "yes" mindset, they'll also say yes to your ultimate proposal.
It doesn't work ... anymore...
I guess it did work at some point. Otherwise these cold callers would never have been successful ever.
But right now ... it simply feels insulting to get asked a trick questions where the answer has to be an obvious yes.
So I said "No, I'm not interested in saving money AT ALL."
And hung up...