Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Canadian verses American Telemarketers

I honestly detest telemarketers.  For the most part I put them on call block or if one gets through depending on my mood I may have a little fun at their expense.  We live in beautiful Ontario, Canada and recently moved.  I kid you not two days after the phone was connected we got a call from a telemarketer!  Now see this is kind of slow because when our vacation home phone in sunny Florida was connected we got a telemarketing call about 3 minutes later.  So I'm feeling a bit slighted at having to wait two days for my first telemarketer on our brand new phone number.  Canadian telemarkets are slow on the draw likely because they had to wait for Emily from Bell Canada to phone them with our updated info.  They likely had to press all the buttons, sit on hold and twiddle their thumbs until Emily finally gave them our new phone number.  American telemarketers obviously have a direct feed as to when a new phone number goes live.  The last digit comes down and they are in dial mode, connected directly to greet you to your new phone number within seconds.  I can't believe how efficient they are!

Another vivid contrast is in, how shall I say the forcefulness of the sales pitch.  If I had a choice between telemarketers I would choose a Canadian one any day!  They are for the most part polite and know the meaning of no.  While they will promise to take you off their call list that might not happen but they are still polite.  American telemarketers are blunt, to the point of being rude bordering on obnoxious.  They do not comprehend no or I'm not interested and can become quite insulting even abrasive if you use either of these terms.

Speaking as a Canadian who has had experience with dealing with both Canadian and American telemarketers, the Americans could stand to learn a lesson from their Canadian counterparts!


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