Marketing. Everyone has to do it, to some extent, for some purpose or the other, be it personal or professional. However, that doesn’t mean you get onto someones nerves in some way or the other. And when you do so, you have achieved the exact opposite of what you intended to achieve in the first place.
Tring Tring (Nokia ringtone actually)
“Hello. Hey D. How are you? Do you remember me? We met at the bus stop last Friday.”
“Yes I do. How are you?”
“I am good. D, I wanted to discuss something with you. Is it good time to talk?”
“Yes, go ahead.”
“D, we are a few friends from IITs and IIMs who have started this business….”
The modus operandi these guys follow is: You will be recruited at a bus stop, or mall, or a similar place. Once the small (actually micro) talk is over, their target is to somehow ask you for your number. Two (it is not one and it is not three) days later you will get a call which will be followed up with the conversation above.
No, I wouldn’t have written if it had happened once, twice, thrice, and so on. It just keeps happening. I don’t have a problem with whatever Ponzi Scheme they may be running. But my problem is these guys trick you in beleiving that they are genuinely asking for directions, land marks just to start a conversation. As a result, now I don’t talk to strangers even if there may be someone out there looking for a genuine assistance in locating a place or a bus number. Moreover, you will get calls from random people and when you sternly ask how they got your number, they reveal that there is a database of numbers acquired by recruitment method mentioned above which is then shared by the members! Now, I have contacts on my phone named as Random Rahul, Random Joe etc. What is sick is that these guys use their IIT/IIM tag to get people into their network.
The Business here is to get as many people under you and your commission/income depends on how the chain below you expands.