‘How is business, Ben?’
Great Charlie, had a couple of enquiries last week which sounds just about right for business.
Fantastic – take a donut! What kind of work was that?
Well, nothing has happened just yet, I need to follow up.
Now I know many of you reading this would have been in this situation, and I don’t wish to sound churlish … but please follow up …
I shall when I get the chance Charlie, I’m rather busy just now …
Ben, put yourself in your referrers shoes, look at it this way … if the roles were reversed … say you asked someone to provide services or quote for provision. Would you take kindly waiting days for a response? How do you think this impacts the opinion other prospects may have of you?
Perhaps they’re thinking – or worse, talking: maybe Ben is too busy for more business? Perhaps he can’t handle our kind of enquiry … or worse – our business may not be suitable …
‘Maybe Ben is too busy for more business? Perhaps he can’t handle our kind of enquiry … or worse – our business may not be suitable …’
Ben, do it.
Think about it, you are working for referrals, on the lookout for leads that just may turn into business, it takes time. Then – as if by miracle, you are lucky enough to be handed an introduction to what sounds like ideal business, what is the first thing you do?
Ben, put the donut down and do it now … follow up the enquiry before the opportunity is lost, otherwise, all the time, energy and groundwork you have spent promoting your personal service have gone to waste.
Nothing undermines the relationship, the potency of a network forum more quickly than neglect.
Networking works, it’s simple, we pitch our interests, we develop the understanding, the relationships which lead to partnerships and trust and when the time is right we earn the opportunity for more business.
Follow up the business Ben, do it quickly and show your potential new client how you intend to fulfil their faith in you, how you intend to carry on.
It’s the reputation we are building Ben …