- Don't be a pest. Give the company time to respond before contacting it again.
- Don't argue. If someone tells you your product doesn't fit their product line, don't get belligerent. You may offer some further information, but if the company is firm, accept its decision.
- Do listen to what people say. Consider their input valuable and constructive.
- Don't wax poetic about your idea. Rather than saying "Everybody loves it," provide facts, such as 75 percent of a focus group gave the product a rating of 8 out of 10.
- Do be brief, punctual and professional. If the listener asks you to send samples or call by a certain date, do it.
Source: Turning Your Great Idea Into a Great Success (Peterson's) by Judy Ryder
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