It was a typically dark, cold December morning and I was more than pleased when Natasha (and coffee) arrived, just as I surveyed the setting for today’s business over breakfast.
We wouldn’t be alone for long though, as approaching headlights suggested the first of our company this morning were on their way.
Nice and early Martin!’ I said, glancing at the clock on the clubhouse wall, 06.45.
Courtesy of the ‘Missus,’ Charlie. My car had broken-down over the weekend so Sue and the kids kindly offered a lift, they needed to be at school early anyway … I’ll be meeting ‘Bruce the garage’ here as he’s running me back after today’s meeting to attend the vehicle.
‘Sounds like a plan Martin.’
The tail-lights of ‘taxi Sue’s’ car receded in the distance, dawn was finally on its way as were others for our weekly business meeting.
Even in the midst of winter, we enjoyed a good attendance, plenty of interaction, lots of discussion, the business flowed and with a near full-house … apart from ‘Bruce the garage.’
Martin had received a message to say he’d been called out for ‘an emergency’ and that he’d be in touch asap.
‘The best-laid plans eh, Martin?’
Any chance of a lift over my way Charlie?
Among those at the meeting, someone managed the lift Martin needed with an added bonus … the driver knew he could hook-up Martin with an alternative local garage – a ‘start-up’ looking for more business so it wasn’t long before Martin was back on the road and ‘taxi Sue’ back in the old routine.
‘Bruce the garage’ had left an impression, sadly nothing to enamour his reputation as the ‘go to’ service either.
Today in business, relationships matter. Even more so if you are a service provider, business is personal. It’s not what you have or what you can do that impresses your next best client, it’s how you relate.