I need to build a WAN between many sites that are currently only minimally connected. Ad hoc solutions eventually grow and need to be replaced by unified "big" solutions.
On Tuesday I made a round of phone calls to some Major Networking Companies that I might be able to use for this purpose. Since I'm a new customer I usually spoke with a person that took my info and promised someone would call me back within 24 hours. By Friday I hadn't gotten any calls back.
Friday I repeated all my phone calls, this time using a fake voice. My normal voice is, well, a bit "young sounding." I'm Director of IT Services. I decided the right voice would be sort of a mix of Walter Cronkite and Statler (one of the old guy hecklers from The Muppet Show).
This time all my calls were returned promptly.
I now call this my "executive voice" and will be deploying it as much as possible.
This has got to be the absolute dumbest thing in the world.