|I need to put one of these on a t-shirt|
|Stop calling me!|
So we have "progressed" from aggressive marketing tactics and sob stories to outright lying right to my face at the door of my home. I am furious with these solicitors for how they conducted themselves tonight (although, to be fair, not a word was uttered by the woman of the "team" so this is really all on the man's shoulders). In the first place, they should not even have been in our building without permission. In the second place, this is an economically-depressed area of town and where Sunnybrook is located - at Bayview and Lawrence - it most assuredly is not, so why are they sending teams of unethical people all the way out here to bother us? But it also worries me on a whole other tangential level: as I begin to work out the kinks of getting my own business started up I have to wonder what sort of tactics I will need to resort to to get my own word out? Will I fail at becoming known to the business community because I simply refuse to play that sort of game? Is there any hope left for people who prefer to use a "soft-sell" approach that actually presumes the person you are approaching has half a brain and some sense of decency? If respecting others is still an effective way to drum up business then why are so many companies and individuals so nasty and unethical? I have to hold out hope that there still is a place in the world for the good corporate citizen in this day and age; otherwise I will simply be wasting my time.
I guess I'll soon find out.
I have received a reply to this blog piece from Pamela Ross, VP of the Sunnybrook Foundation. It's in the comment section and I thought it prudent to direct you to it from here, since I don't know how many people who read my blog continue on to the comment area. It's apologetic and explanatory and much appreciated. I hope you read it. Thank you.