It seems experts have so many ideas on what we NEED to do to be more productive and it drives me crazy when I hear suggestions that in my opinion is just bad advice and that actually hurt our small businesses if we follow it.
This suggestion was in my ‘in-box’ this morning from a time-management guru.
“Never check emails or voice mail first thing in the morning”.
I don’t know about you, but that is just bad advice, plus it doesn’t even work for me.
I LIKE to and make every effort to check email and voice messages as soon as I walk in my office door.
A Winner First Thing In The AM:
I understand the concept of getting all distracted and possibly losing valuable time, but for me, I like the ability to check a few simple things off my list right off the bat, so within the first 30 minutes of my day I’m already a winner!
I also know when running a customer-facing biz as we do, we are dealing
with individual clients, and we NEED to respond to them asap.
If someone calls or emails to ask for an appointment, and you don’t respond right away, unless they were specifically referred to you, they often continue to find another practitioner who they can schedule with.
If they were referred to you and you don’t call them back in a timely manner, they need to call you again which lowers their perception of you and your business even before you’ve spoken!
When an email comes in asking to switch appointment times from a current client, same thing happens…it leads to frustration.
(Even FaceBook now has ‘response times’ listed on a business page showing how soon a business responds to a customer’s comments.)
Losing even a single customer can be very costly.
I figure in our industry, the average LTV (Life Time Value) of a client is about $1000.
It’s critical for us to do everything we can to keep our peeps happy, and replying sooner rather than later, I my opinion, shows them you care and respect them.
You know you look for fast responses from the businesses you use, and so do our clients.
My Productivity Good Advice Instead:
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