Dean Atkinson on Australia's Got Talent last night
When in Rome...

Telemarketers must have a new rule

Over the last two days I've had at least 8 calls from those wacky Indian Telemarketers, but judging from the brief duration of the calls, they must have some kind of new rule about getting us off the line quickly.

Which is ironic, because usually it's us who are trying to get rid of them.

I'll give you an example:

"Hello, may I speak to the owner of the business?"



"I'm just thinking...."


Or this one:

"Hello, may I speak to the person in charge of your telephone accounts?"

"Are you a Telemarketer?"

"No I just want to speak to the person in..."

"I think you're a Telemarketer!"


The calls have been averaging at less that 30 seconds.

Why bother calling me at all if you're not even going to TRY to sell me something.

The only one I could keep on the phone around one minute was a guy I tried my "echo" technique on.

Whatever he said to me, I repeated back to him with the same accent and intonations.

It was great! I'm sure he thought there was something wrong with the line but, like the rest, he hung up quite quickly.

I think it's funny how some people think it's important to be polite to these people.

They call us at all hours, trying to sell us something by misrepresenting themselves or asking us to take part in a fake survey, but worst of all, they are quite happy to hang the phone up in our ears with no warning and not so much as a "I'm sorry for troubling you, good day!"