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Pampered Chef: How late is too late to call?

  1. Brianne

    Brianne Novice Member

    It's been an ongoing discussion in my household and cluster, so I'm curious how you all will respond!
    Jun 2, 2005
  2. ChefLoriG

    ChefLoriG Advanced Member Gold Member

    I try not to make calls past 8:30, unless I have made a notation about a certain person, that it is ok to call later. I have also been trying to get a work number, and ask if it's ok to call them at work.
    Jun 2, 2005
  3. sweet

    sweet Member

    I find that 9-9:30 is good for me, I do them on sunday between 8:30 and 9:30 in the evening, the kids are in bed, the parents are relaxing in front of the TV before the week start and they are not stress by getting the next day ready, they had all weekend to relaxe. And now that the summer is there the sun is up way longer and I don't know anyone that goes to bed before the sun is down, but I will say no later then 9:30, or just think about what is good for you. Do you like people calling your house after 9:30 or after 9 when there is no emergency, I know for myself I dont like when they do it, even if I dont go to bed later then that.
    Jun 2, 2005
  4. sOhSherri

    sOhSherri Member

    I don't call after 9 PM unless a person has ok'd to call past that time.
    Jun 2, 2005
  5. When I set up the first call with them (usually at the show) I ask what time is too late and mark that down.
  6. PamperedEsther

    PamperedEsther Member

    I try to keep

    my calls short, starting at 7:30, I'll call until 9:30. WHen I get an answering machine, I leave a message saying that they are welcome to give me a call tonight, I'll in the office returning calls until 10:00, but will call them after I've made my other calls. Hopefully we can touch base then. If they are not home the 2nd time, I tell them that I will call them tomorrow (or whatever day you hav planned) between XX & YYY times. Make sure you follow up on those calls...
  7. noradawn

    noradawn Guest

    I think 9 pm. But we have a one year old. Before I was a mother, I probably would have thought 9:30 was fine! Last night someone called us at 9:48, and it really seemed too late. Then again, we don't watch TV, so a phone ringing probably sounds different in a quiet house than a TV house.
    Jun 2, 2005
  8. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

    I don't make any phone calls past 9 pm. At that time, I am trying to get a little down time and spend some quiet time with my husband. Now, I don't usually get to sleep until midnight but it is nice to have a couple hours of quiet time to myself. I make my phone calls between 7-9 and find I can usually get that done during that time. If not, I will have to wait until tomorrow!
    Jun 2, 2005
  9. Brianne

    Brianne Novice Member

    My own answer

    I have mixed feelings about calling times. I have a better chance of reaching people when I call on weeknights, but then I'm comfortable calling only until 8pm. If it's a weekend I'll call until 9pm.

    I think part of this comes from the time that I called a lady on a Tuesday night at 8:15pm and her daughter woke her up to talk to me. I felt so bad!!!
    Jun 2, 2005
  10. ladybug

    ladybug Member

    I'm with you

    I don't feel good going past 8pm unless pre-discussed. Although we stay up all night long, I get itchy trying to call on business later than that!
    Jun 2, 2005
  11. Call Times

    I try to make my calls from 7 - 8 (customer care calls, etc.) If there is a host that I am working with and I know from her that it is ok to call later, I might go as far as 8:30.

    I try not to call before 7 on weekdays because no one likes to be bothered at dinner time. The weekends are usually the same because people have activities, church, etc. Also, I think of when I get the bulk of my telemarketer calls - they have done tons of research as to when is a good time to call... and most of mine are from 6 - 8. I get rather annoyed if I am disturbed past 8 (unless again I am expecting the call.) Also, I find that most of my customers are women with small children. Many of them are doing baths and bedtime by 8 and you might get rushed off the phone.

    As for dealing with hosts, ask in the beginning for an acceptable time frame. At shows, perhaps when people are filling out the drawing slips it could be suggested to put a call timeframe as well, but I have not done that. :)
    Jun 13, 2005
  12. pamperedmom2owen

    pamperedmom2owen Member

    I will usually call until about 9 unless I'm told otherwise. I'm just afraid of waking someone in the household up!
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