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Time Management Tips for Telephone Sales Professionals

By Dirk Zeller

Part of Telephone Sales For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Time management is one of the most important skills a telephone sales professional can have. Here are a few tips to make the most of your sales time:

  • Manage distractions. When you’re on task, turn off your cellphone, hold your calls, switch off the you’ve-got-mail notice, sign out of instant messaging and social media, and hang up a do-not-disturb sign.

  • Keep phone calls short. Schedule phone calls for no longer than 15 minutes.

  • Take advantage of voice mail. When you’re simply delivering information, time the calls for early morning or evening. You’re more likely to get voice mail and avoid a lengthier conversation.

  • Maximize drive time. Keep a collection of self-help, professional-improvement, and motivational CDs in your car and pop them in when you’re driving to work or to an appointment.