Not when their kids are screaming in my ear. Seriously folks, this really happens. As a matter of fact it’s happened to me three times in the last week. No kidding.
Whether you’re a work at home mom or a “take the kids to the office” mom, there is no place for kids when you are pitching your product or prospecting over the phone.
Yesterday I answered my phone and the sales pitch began — then the screaming started — the mom alternated between her sales pitch and apologizing for her child’s screams. I couldn’t get off the phone fast enough. You may be used to your child screaming — I’m not — and when you’re trying to conduct business, especially over the phone, your kids need to be elsewhere. They are unpredictable little characters as I’m sure you know. 🙂 Same thing last week. Only it wasn’t a screaming child, it was one who just kept interrupting.
The sad part about this is that those women probably had something good to sell. I might even want to buy it. But not with a screaming or interrupting child as part of the equation. If you want to be taken seriously in the business world, be serious. Hire a couple hours of child care for the kids. Plan your phone time around those two hours so you can sound like the business professional that you are.
Agree? Disagree? Leave me a comment.