Don’t Call Me. I’ll Call You.

Don’t call me.   I’ll call you.
Maybe.

I have ALWAYS told solicitors “If I want or need what you’ve got, I will call you.”
I mean,  if I need siding, an extended car warranty (the WORST), the “greatest skincare product EVA”, or anything else, I can assure you  I am not just going to sit at home hoping I get a phone call, email, or the newest annoyance, a copied and pasted note via FB Messenger.

I absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, support  small business.  I mean, have you met  me?? (If  we have not met, and you just stumbled upon my  blog, welcome! LOL  That would be a rhetorical question, because I have a nonprofit devoted to supporting small business.)
So,  I understand and appreciate  the hustle.  I am just not a fan of the methods some of these folks are using.

I am totally fine with you sending me a request to connect, especially if we share friends, and have something in common.   I will almost always accept.  However, if, within minutes of connecting, you send me a  very obviously copied and pasted  template message telling me how great your product(s) is/are and  asking me to buy “before they disappear!!” it all but guarantees I am not  going to purchase.  This is especially true if you start the message with “Hey there, Mary”!  That just means I am about to immediately undo that recent connection we made. 😉

Don’t get me wrong.  If, after connecting and interacting a bit, if I have a FB page I think might be of interest to you, I will most certainly invite you to like it.  However, I DO take time to consider if it is relevant or something you might enjoy.
However, that is something that you can choose to ignore if you like, without feeling a need to address it somehow.  I assure you I will never come back and ask you why you didn’t immediately “like” it.

Business, and especially small business, is about relationship building.  It is about wanting to be a resource, not a sales pitch.
If and when I need a product or service you provide, I WILL come to you.   And, if I am pleased with the service/product, I WILL refer you whenever appropriate.

I love making new friends and connections.  I love being a resource and a supporter for those who I meet that make a positive impact or impression on me.

If it is meant to be it will happen organically.
So, if it involves a sales pitch, don’t call me.  I’ll call you.
(But  I probably won’t.)

 

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