Here are some examples of opening lines:
Weak, door-closing openers:
- Could I have a few minutes of your time?
- I was wondering if maybe you would be interested in …
- Is the boss in?
- I have an idea that can save you money.
Strong, effective openers:
- I need your help.
- I know you actually run the place, but could I speak to the person who thinks they do?
- Is the king in?
- I need a loan for $50,000. I wonder if you could help me.
- I was just next-door with ________, and she thought I might be able to help you the same way I helped her company.
- I was just next-door with ________, and she recommended I stop by to see ________. Is she in?
- My name is Jeffrey and you don’t know me from a sack of potatoes
- (In summer on a scorching day.) I just fried an egg on my car and was wondering if you have any salt and pepper?
- Can you point me in the right direction? (A receptionist with a sense of humor will quip, “Sure, which way did you come in?”)
- My boss said if I don’t make a sale, I’m fired, so if you’re not in a buying mood, perhaps you have a job opening.
About being funny …
- If you use humor and get a blank stare, you’re dead – but a cold call is a crapshoot anyway – why not have fun?
- The response (laugh or no laugh) will tell you exactly where you are.
- Laughing is agreement – tacit approval.