Someone just called me from "So and So Professional Services" and said "The reason I am reaching out to you is to ask if I can help you with your candidate pipeline"
"No, you cannot"
[surprised tone and stammering]
I am really direct with people trying to sell me and I appreciate good salespersonship (hows that for a word?)
It is interesting being on the other side of a solicitation. Whatever she was selling or proposing was not clear and the first thing I thought was that she wanted to do splits or sell me some 3rd party candidates - neither of which I was interested in plus I was really busy so I just shut it down.
Once I realized she was not doing that, I lightened up, but she was already deploying her parachute. Oh well.
Good less in selling - sell the value, not the process. I still don't know what she wanted.