Have you ever had this type of conversation when trying to schedule a meeting or date?
“We need to get together soon to discuss the project.”
“I agree. When? My schedule is quite open.”
“How about next week?”
“How about Tuesday for lunch?”
“Oh, oops, no, I already have plans then. How about Wednesday afternoon?
“Yes, I can do that. Two o’clock?”
“I was thinking more like 4:30.”
“Oh. No, that’s too late in the day. Let’s try for the following week.”
This type of conversation is common and seldom results in a date getting scheduled. It starts off with a vague notion and meanders down a path; always taking a while to narrow in on a date and time. It’s a time consuming way to set a meeting.
To take the lead in the scheduling dance, it’s important to be specific. The conversation can go like…
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