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    Default What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    Hello Everyone,

    I am now working as a salesman, promoting our products to foreign markets.I usually telephone someone whom I have never met before or call someone after I have only e-mailed him several times.Under such circumstances, what polite expressions should I use in order not to disturb him?

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    Weiqun

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    Hi. I googled "telephone etiquette" and found the following results:
    Customer Service: Top 10 Telephone Blunders in Everyday Business
    Telephone Etiquette Guide
    Telephone etiquette
    Phone Etiquette
    Hope these help!

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    Always identify yourself first. Don't just blurt out questions. Don't use the person's first name. Say This is so and so with such and such company, and I would like to speak to so and so about such and such.

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    Quote Originally Posted by rancher247 View Post
    Hi. I googled "telephone etiquette" and found the following results:
    Customer Service: Top 10 Telephone Blunders in Everyday Business
    Telephone Etiquette Guide
    Telephone etiquette
    Phone Etiquette
    Hope these help!

    Thank you very much for offering such wonderful websites, and I have visited one of the sites. There are two points in the paragraph I can't understand .Could you please explain them to me once more?

    The paragraph are as follows.

    How to End Conversations Gracefully
    There are several ways that you can end a long phone call without making up a story or sounding rude:
    1. Leave the conversation open.
    2. Promise to finish your discussion at another time.
    3. End on an "up" note.
    4. Tell the person how much you've enjoyed speaking with him/her.
    As long as you are honest and polite with the other person, you shouldn't have any problems getting off the phone and onto something else.

    Can you explain 1 and 3 to me?

    Thanks and best regards

    Weiqun

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    He shall Say : Hello How do you do

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    weiqun ding-I'm not 100% sure about what these mean.
    1. maybe to end the conversation peacefully and not forcefully
    3. The two people in the conversation reach a consensus, agree about something, generally talk about something positive?

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    Default Re: What is the proper expression one should use when one calls a stranger?

    I think they mean:
    1 Don't sugest at the end of the conversation that everything has been said- leave it 'open' so that there could be another call, which gives you the chance to ring back if you want.
    3 I agree with Rancher- finish on a positive note.

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