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“This is a sales call, do you wanna hang up now or can we talk for a few minutes?”

Saw someone bring this up on Reddit and I’m curious.

What do y’all savages think about this opening for cold calls?
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funcoupons
WR Officer
+10
Sales Advisor
I don't invite people to hang up on me, period.

Personally, I'm not a fan of this approach because it insinuates the prospect's time is more important than mine. I like to start and continue my sales processes on equal footing with my prospects. 
Savagedoge
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
I like your take on this. I personally believe that equal footing in a sales conversation is very important, otherwise it’s just skewed and one of us is wasting our time
wHaTyAgOtCoOkInG
Catalyst
+4
Account Executive
Guru Ghanesh: "Hi Jim, this is Ghanesh from Sandler, this is a cold call. Let me guess you're filled with excitement and anticipation"

Savagedoge
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Wow, how do you follow through with that?
wHaTyAgOtCoOkInG
Catalyst
+4
Account Executive
Enter Peter Griffin laugh at follow through
Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
I know a few people who use a variation of this, but asking for a ‘few minutes’ might put people off. 

you could adapt it to something like “this is a sales call but as you’ve already answered let me tell you why I called and you can let me know if it’s worth taking further”

softer, non comital and will allow you to get your hook/value prop out 9/10 times. 
overheard_sales
Politicker
+5
CEO - Overheard_Sales
people like honesty haha
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
I’ve tried similar stuff before. It’s totally hit or miss.
LordBusiness
Politicker
+7
Chief Revenue Officer
I’ve read a few different versions of this, but they all have the same concept of “disarming” the prowler with the opening. I don’t personally care for the “hang up now” part; but I love the disarming opening to a cold call. 
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Like "The Purge" but for sales.. 1 day a year where you can say whatever you want to prospects
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Truth time: do you have those days where a legit prospect picks up a call and you hang up when they answer ?
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