Dealing with sales people

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Question: Often, we have sales people walk in through our front door, and I am wondering what the best approach is to politely — and quickly — get rid of them.  Our office does not accept solicitors, but they all ignore the notice.  And like the telephone solicitors do, they want to quickly get me or the receptionist into a conversation, whether they are selling services or a product.

It is annoying and I don't wish to appear rude, but I really want to stop them in their tracks before they even get to the hand-shaking part.  -- Cindy, California


I just smile and say that the company does not allow soliciting. Of course they continue talking and I smile and repeat myself that the company does not allow soliciting. I usually do not have to repeat myself more than three times before they leave. I try to be as polite as possible while being firm.

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