The Vehicle Exchange EventWe'll start with an email from a BMW dealership. Click on the graphic enlarge it.
Here are highlights.
- my vehicle is in a "preferred status"
- this dealership did the research and selected themselves as the test location
- another test "will not take place again until investigation data has been assessed"
Here's the big flaw. I returned my leased BMW three years ago. They have computers and databases. Why don't they know that? I doubt they want my current Mercedes.
A MastermindThrough someone who knows someone who knows someone, I got invited to join a speaker's Mastermind. I was interested because I'm
- honing my skills, which is why I joined Toastmasters
- seeking audiences ready to improve their numeracy to avoid pitfalls the Globe & Mail has exposed
The write-up implied the group was a real Napoleon Hill Mastermind and free. The reply? Nothing explicitly said the group was free and there's nothing wrong with making money. When you infer what a salesperson implies, are you entirely to blame?
Here's the sad part. I'd already told others about the group. A lawyer and a friend (yes, they're two different people) expressed interest. I filled them in and apologized for not investigating better.
Seven EmailsThis week, I got added to four email lists without permission. The senders implied that we'd met but we hadn't. That's sneaky. That's spam. I unsubscribed.
Finally, I got three disguised sales pitches from people I thought were above trickery:
- one asked about weaknesses to develop a course … and sell it to me
- one speaker was back by popular demand … to sell a seminar
- one with typos asked me to explain why I hadn't attended previous seminars
Fighting BackWhy are tricks being used? They must work and be reasonably legal. Our trusting natures get used against us. Buyer Beware instead of Seller Inform.
Horoscopes and sales pitches show that creating ambiguity takes extra skill. Why can't they be clear instead? We eventually see the tricks and be tougher to fool again.
- How to fight cynicism
- Why I finally joined Toastmasters
- The Globe & Mail on Canada's insurance loophole: what else is wrong
- The A-B-Cs of 1-2-3: The key to financial literacy / numeracy
- The foolproof measure of trust
Podcast 105 (4:36)
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PS What do you do when you feel fooled?