There are occasions where it is OK to “drop in” and see if a client is available to chat … but they are the exception!
Generally speaking it is a NO-NO!
When IS it a reasonable thing to do …
i. If you have a REALLY good relationship with that person … personal friend, relative, LONG TIME client;
ii. If they have given you explicit permission to do so;
iii. If you absolutely have something of value you are dropping off for them;
iv. If it is to do them a big favor;
v. You are in the area and drop something at reception … but are then asked if you want to see the client!
When NOT to drop in.
i. You are selling something door to door … note: This is 2013!
ii. You have met the client but don’t know them well;
iii. You just happened to be in the area … but did not call ahead!
iv. You think you are so important people should just change their schedules on a whim to meet with you!
v. Most times!
It is not that hard to build credibility as a sales person… but you DO have to work at it. A lack of respect for people’s time will quickly erode any credibility!
I find it an unprofessional and rude approach to selling when people just “show up”.
I, like most people, value my time and will meet with people who have a valid reason to meet with me IF they have scheduled a meeting!