|Out of curiosity, why are you offended by people trying to 'sell' you ideas?|
Ah, I should clarify, yes.
I don't mind that at all. If I did, I'd mind myself, because in the end that is primary to my job description. I just don't like people trying to be cute.
Specifically, what I don't care for are overtly-used techniques. Because of my training and business background, I know when they're coming the day before.
There is a very fine line with selling technique. It has to be highly internalized, and that's true of technique in general.
There's nothing more annoying than someone trying out their new (or old standby) toys on you. It's not sincere, and I don't like being part of a practice run. I have a certain amount of patience for the latter.
This particular one we're talking about is mildly compound, but in the end it's an assumptive close, and those don't impress me. It is one step away from the "If I could/would" model.
In general, for this kind of thing (which is actually not selling, I think you're talking more about educating), a more consultative approach might be better.
They tell us to stand in doorways if there's an earthquake. Don't- all that will be left are you, magazine salesmen, and JW's.
(Edited by Rich Engle on 10/12, 8:40am)