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How do receptionists deal with unsolicited sales people?

I am not the receptionist at my job but since my desk is the first they see when they come thru the door, it looks like I am the receptionist. The company is very small however so everyone helps out. There is a sign near the door that does point to the receptionist but no one EVER sees that. Anyway, I dont know what to do when sales people come in off the street (door to door) and ask for the manager or the owner. Usually I just try to get the person they are asking for but most often no one wants to come and talk to the salesperson or even want to see what they want. What can I do or say that will not be rude?

Asked By: kitttykitti - 10/4/2007
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Answer: Please leave your business card and I will forward it to any interested salsesperson. They will give you a call if they seem interested. Right now is a very bad time to get someone to come and see you. Sorry, have a nice day. Thank you for stopping by... More
Answered By: Tinman12 - 10/4/2007
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Tell them that everyone is real busy right now and can they leave their card.
Answered By: misplacedmother - 10/4/2007
 
Tell them you don't take walk ins.
Answered By: Bones - 10/4/2007
 
they were rude to show up univited. No solicators sign adn they could face charges.. I think
Answered By: sam hill - 10/4/2007
 
When no one is around, take down the sign and put it behind the receptionist's desk with the arrow pointing downward so that there is no misunderstanding as to who the receptionist is.
Answered By: Delilah - 10/4/2007
 
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