Tips to handle Disturbing Marketing Calls :):):) u must read

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How often do you get a call and hear a lilting voice say, “Hi! I am Pooja
calling from XYZ bank. Sir, we are offering free platinum credit card to
our customers. Are you interested?” (uttered in a single breath) And you
think, “Oh no, not again!” You politely (or rudely) reply, “Sorry, I am not
interested.” And the conversation ends there. But imagine a reply that
frustrates the caller with your witty response. I have some cool ideas for
making these unsolicited calls a pleasant experience. My friends and I have
applied these ideas and we have derived immense pleasure from such pranks.
We have frustrated them more than the other way round.

First caller:

Girl: Hello Sir, this is Pooja calling from Country Club.
Me: Hi Pooja!
Girl: Sir, we are offering life time Country Club membership for Rs.1.5
lakh only!
Me: Wow, what an offer! Only 1.5 lakh! How come so cheap?
Girl: Sir, I am not joking (with a chuckle).
Me: Neither me. You know, one of my friends already has Club Mahindra
membership at Rs.1.5 lakh per year. Do you have any concession on group
booking? I think we have around 8 people in my team.

Girl: Sir, along with this, you will get 2 air tickets to Goaabsolutely
Me: Free? I mean after becoming a member, isn’t it?
Girl: We are also offering 8/6 site in Tumkur.
Me: What should I do with that site?
Girl: You know Sir, if you have more people in your group, you can have a
farm house there …
Me: … where we can enjoy our retired life (continuing from where she left)
Girl: I am not joking, Sir!
Me: Who said that you are joking? Seriously Madam, I am serious. (can’t
control my loud laughter this time)
Girl: Ok Sir, I think you are not interested.
And she hangs up.

Second caller:

Girl: Hi Sir, this is Pooja calling from ICICI Bank.
Me: Oh, Pooja, nice to hear your voice!
Girl: (amused by reaction) Sir, we are offering home loans for 12%
Me: Oh, is that so? It’s good, but I have an offer from another bank which
is giving home loan for only 2% interest!
Girl: Only 2% interest?
Me: Yeah, it’s only 2%, seriously.
Girl: Which bank, Sir? I do not think any bank is offering at this interest

 Me: (lowering my voice) I can’t tell you, you know it’s a private bank!
Girl: No Sir, it’s not possible. If that’s the case, then, I’m also
Me: If you want to know the name of the bank, give your mobile number or
e-mail ID as I cannot disclose this information over phone. I am bound not
to disclose the details.

Girl: Okay.
She disconnects the call.

Third caller:

Girl: Hello Sir, I am Pooja calling from …
Me: (interrupting her) Hang on for a moment ... (taking my time) ...Okay
let’s play “Kaun Banega Crorepati” with... sorry, I forgot your name?

Girl: Sorry …
Me: What’s your name, Madam? Am I speaking in an alien language?
Girl: Pooja
Me: Audience, we have Pooja on our hot seat. Let’s play “Kaun Banega
Crorepati” with Pooja. (of course, mimicking Big B’s accent)

Here is the first question to Pooja for 1,000 rupees on your computer
screen. (adding standard KBC music)
Which bank you are calling from?a) ICICI (b) HDFC (c) Deutsche (d) Others
Girl: Funny (light laugh)...Okay, I am calling from HDFC.
Me: Computer, please lock (b) HDFC …And yes (b) HDFC is the right answer.
You have won 1,000 rupees!
Girl: Sir, are you interested in ... (again interruption by me)
Me: (my own voice) Aren’t you enjoying it? I think YES (switching back to
Big B voice again) Ready for another question? And here goes the second
question for 2,000 rupees on your computer screen. What is the reason
behind your call to me?

(a) Credit/debit card (b) Home loan/personal loan (c) Mutual fund (d)
Girl: Okay, it’s enough. Are you interested in free Gold Credit Card
offered by us?
Me: Oh no, wrong answer. Sorry Poojaji, I already have credit card from
ICICI. I have been telling the participants that whenever you have doubt in
mind, go for the life lines. And you have not used any of your life lines.
What a pity!

She hangs up. (as expected)

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