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Talk to a Telemarketer by Zenobia

June 14th, 2010 12:46 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Try to find out what their name is, where they're from, what sort of problems they're having in their life. Get to know them, if you can. Enjoy the telemarketing experience as a way to communicate with someone, rather than being annoyed by it.

So I signed up for this a couple days ago. Then I waited to be contacted. here is the information I garnered during about an hour long conversation.

Name: Walter
Married, 2 children, eldest is a daughter who is starting art school in the fall. The son Jake is 12 and headed off to camp in a few weeks, it will be his first year going to camp. His wife Sarah works for a nursing home in the kitchen. he is from upper New York, but currently lives in the midwest.
He works for Worldmark which I already have a timeshare through so I couldn't even buy anything from him after taking up all his time.

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posted by River Rock on June 19th, 2010 7:38 PM

I have a feeling the conversation you had with Walter was exactly the kind of conversation this task hopes to elicit. You probably made Walter's day, and in particular helped him obtain some meaning in what is probably, on most days, a fairly alienating job. So I think this is an example of tasking that is better than its documentation. I wish you wrote more and want you to know that those of us reading would find what you have to say interesting!

I concur
posted by David Hayman on June 22nd, 2010 2:16 PM

It seems well executed in so far as the objective was completed, but I'm curious about whether he was forthcoming from the start or put off at first as well as how he felt about not being able to sell anything