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How do you open your cold calls?

Say someone picks up and you're going in completely cold, what's the first thing you say to the prospect before turning it over to them to speak?

I open my calls with "Hey prospect, you're probably gonna hate me right now but this is actually a cold call...would you like to hang up? Or can I steal 30 seconds"

What about y'all?

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BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
"Welcome to Good Burger, home of theย Good Burger. Can I take your order?"

Nah, I normally say something like:ย 
"Hi is this <name>? Hope I caught you at a good time. Do you have a few minutes to discuss how <company> deals with <pain> today, and how <my company> works with similar organizations to <value prop>?"

Nobody ever hangs up on me mid sentence, so at a minimum they hear the high level value pitch before they hang up.
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Good opening line. Throwing in a little humor when possible always helps warm up a prospect
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Hi Mr. Customer this is CuriousFox with company. I only have a minute so I'll be brief...
bobushka
Old School Bravo
SDR
did you get that from my boy Brian Burns?ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Lol I picked it up from one of my counterparts!
detectivegibbles
Politicker
+8
Territory Rep
I tell whoever answers the phone that I've already spoken with this person in the past or they've reached out to our company directly.

"Hi I'm calling so and so back. We were in discussions last week about X SERVICE/PRODUCT and today was the day THEY asked me to reach back out"ย 
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Stop. Don't do that.
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
"Hi XYZ, this is ME from THIS PLACE. We have not spoken before, and I'm honestly surprised you picked up the phone. Can I have 30 seconds to tell you why I'm calling and then you can decide to hang up?"

It's the truth, it's a pattern interrupt and it gives them options.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Hi (Prospect,) it's Me from Company. Did I catch you at a bad time? Great, well I won't keep you too long here, I'm calling because...(15 second pitch.)
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Thank you for attending my call, do you have few moments?
CodyG43
Fire Starter
+1
BDR
"Did I catch you at an ok time?" really helps gauge the tempo of the conversation right out of the gate. If they try to say they're too busy and need to run close on them to meet at a more convenient time that would work best for both partiesย 
chubbspeterson
Politicker
+5
Senior Business Development Associate
"Hi this is <name> with <company>, I know I'm catching you completely out of the blue, but I'll only take a second of your time if that's ok."ย 

this acknowledges that it's a cold call, but also lets them know it will be really quick. works like a charm.ย 
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