Should I Answer the Phone?

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by carolyn


Jessica sent me the following question:

Hi Contest Queen!
Quick question.  Am I supposed to answer every phone call with a weird phone number because most of them are just trying to sell me magazines.  All the other prizes I have won either just shown up on my door or I have gotten an email.  Sometimes I get phone numbers that are 5 to 15 digits long, then when I answer nothing is there.
Thank you.

I always answer.  I get calls from everywhere for both business and pleasure.  Sometimes I get calls regarding prizes and when I was a Contest Manager I called people frequently. So answer your phone!  If it is a telemarketer, just say no thank you and hang up.  That’s what I do.


Carolyn WilmanCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.

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2 thoughts on “Should I Answer the Phone?

  1. Nicole says:

    I find that if I am a big winner & not home that most contest sponsors will leave a message on my answering machine/voicemail. The spam callers/telemarketers won’t.

  2. Denise says:

    I love your website. I love contests as much as you. It’s like a part time hobby for me. I sometimes use my home phone number for contests but mostly I use my canadian Fongo phone number. Fongo is an app the gives you a free canadian voip phone number on your cell phone.

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