My son Scott is 30 years old, intelligent, well mannered, stylish and has a great personality (I know what you’re thinking, Jon. He takes after his father, right?) Not surprisingly, Scott is occasionally asked for his phone number by someone who is interested in getting to know him better. Because he is a kind person and doesn’t wish to hurt someone’s feelings, up until recently, it has been difficult for Scott when he is asked for his number by someone he has no interest in getting to know better.
That changed recently when a friend told him about the “rejection hotline”.
This service allows a person to give someone a real number* and avoid having to decline their request. When the number is called, the caller is informed that the person who gave them the number has no interest in getting to know them better and does not wish to be contacted.
I think this would be a great idea for proposal evaluators. They could give the number to companies that have not been awarded the contract and they would receive a recorded message along the lines of,
“You were given this number because your proposal has been rejected. The evaluators are speechless and don’t even know where to begin.
The solution you propose was obviously something you offer to every client and is as relevant to the client’s needs as snow shoes are to a polar bear. The bulk of the content appears to have been cut and pasted from several previously written and now quite old proposals (we hardly ever see the term “groovy” used anymore and by the way you might want to remove the names of those other clients from within the text next time.)
Your paisley binder got a good chuckle and brought back fond memories of college days for several of the older evaluators. Also, the parents among us appreciated your having printed the proposal on pink paper as they were able to give it to their young children for use in their classroom.
The person to whom you submitted your proposal kindly requests that you please remove their name from your list of potential clients and should you inadvertently receive a request for proposal from them in the future, they ask that you kindly ignore it.”
* The real number for the rejection hotline is 617 861 3962.