Just Cause Ya Can

December 14, 2009 at 8:46 am | Posted in Adrian Miller Sales Training, Adrian's Network, entrepreneurship, Networking, sales, Sales Training, small business | 1 Comment

Back in the day work was conducted during “regular” business hours. Business calls came into the office and pretty much stopped once you left for the day. The weekends were sacrosanct and nobody called you at home unless, of course, the call was pre-arranged.

All that has changed. The cell phone has provided us with the ability to get in touch at all times of the day or night, 7 days a week. But just cause ya can doesn’t mean you should.

Yes, sometimes the messages are incredibly important. And when the matter at hand is time sensitive, an evening or weekend contact is perfectly okay.

But sometimes the message is, well, not that incredibly time sensitive or urgent. And a call that is received at 8PM at night or mid-day on a Sunday is just plain intrusive.

So be careful before making that call. Think about what you need to say or ask. Can it wait until the next business day and during “regular” business hour? If not and time is of the essence, then certainly make the call and know that it is going to be received in a positive light.

But if in reflecting upon the urgency of the call you come to the realization that it can surely wait until a more suitable timeslot, then hold off making the call.

Remember, just cause ya can doesn’t mean you should.


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  1. Hi Adrian, your point is a valid one but of course the flip side is also true. Technology also allow you to make use of “null time”, those moments you are waiting in line, on your commute or simply in a low energy state, to received and make calls.

    There is also a lot to be said for using voice mail. A useful trick is to redirect your office phone not to you mobile but the mobile mail box. Now you are back in control of when to review and respond to a call.

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