The strange thing is that I have no problem walking into a business and handing out flyers, brochures ect. and talking to people, but for some reason the phone dredges up that fear factor. But I need to make the most of my time, so cold calling it is. (Sales presentations are another issue...for another day.)
Anyway, no one yelled at me, no one was mean to me. Two people wished me luck. One had me send her a report I had available since her boss wasn't in, another one wanted me to fax information and another person asked me to call back in a week or two? (He seemed like he wanted off the phone and I had a hard time understanding him so I gave up lol).
Out of service: 4
No answer: 13
Not interested: 23
Left message: 5
Faxed info: 1
Sent report: 1
Now for you cold call haters out there - Yes I am also doing social networking and direct mail and some email, but cold calling is just much quicker and lets you plow through the no-goes without wasting a ton of time.
Thanks again to Mike for letting us hangout with him on G+ and watch him make calls. His social proof was very helpful in helping me get back on the horse again.
Also, thanks to Jason, John for providing me with a ton of info on the site. IAmNameless for helping me toughen up the attitude. Lee Cole for working with me one on one and giving me some great resources, Ryan McKinney for making me get on the phone and give him my spiel so he could tear it apart (just kidding, he was very nice and helpful). You guys are awesome!
And also, thanks to all the others who have posted their journeys online. I know you don't think it means much, but just reading them is soooo helpful to a person struggling. It gives us hope! (Which is why I am posting this even though there isn't much to it.)
Now trust me, I know I have a loooooong way to go, but at least now I feel like I can pick up the phone without wanting to run to the bathroom and hurl!