Face-to-Face or Face-to-Phone - Maybe I'm Old Fashioned, but...
When I'm face-to-face with you, you will have my undivided attention.
Are you tweeting, messaging or texting while you're with others? For goodness sakes, WHY? You're face-to-face with friends, business associates and/or possible future clients; why on earth would you be so rude to those around you?
I was at an event this week and was surrounded by people - some on their phones, others were focused on those in front of them. One of my friends said to a group of us (who weren't on our phones), "I feel bad for ____, he is so over-worked!"
Another commented, "That reminds me, does anyone know a good financial planner - ____(same guy) is obviously too busy for any new business." Of course, I spoke up, promising to send him my financial planner's contact information when I got home that evening!
The exchange was over as quickly as you read the above paragraph but, it made me more attentive of everyone in the room. Of course, I listened to those who I was with and participated in conversation but, I did make some mental notes about those around the room.
The sideline comments at this gathering were a reminder to me that when we give the impression that we're too busy to communicate with those we know and love, imagine the message we are sending any potential new business. There is nothing on social media that is so important that you can't spend a little undivided, focused time with those you are with. Some of our best referrals come from these types of gatherings and other attendees seeing that you're 'overworked' (or rude, if you will), is no way to garner those valued referrals.
Those on their phones truly wasted their time even being at that party - I mean, really, why be face-to-face with people and spend your time with them, face-to-phone? It's just like someone taking a call when they're right in the middle of a conversation with them -- don't you consider that to be rude behavior? I do but, again, perhaps I'm just old fashioned.
*Now, I will say, if I am in negotiations for a buyer or seller, I will let whomever I'm with know the situation and will leave the room to take the expected call. That is the RARE occasion that I will take a call when I'm with someone.
Just food-for-thought...or something to ponder, as Michael Jacobs would say!
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