Why appearing so busy isn’t attractive
You’ve probably heard this more than once and perhaps even said it yourself.
It flows from the tongue almost as much as talk of the weather or where you came from when making small talk at a networking event.
Yet if there is one thing I find off-putting and would recommend people didn’t say to new or existing contacts is telling all and sundry how incredibly busy they are.
It’s not quite as bad as launching into a full-on sales pitch but it could still be detrimental to your networking prospects.
I know many people may well be busy – in work, in life or whatever – and they intend for it to be a positive statement in that they are so successful that they have so much work on the go.
However when I hear someone tell me that it makes me think they must be too busy to take on any more work so they are obviously not interested in receiving any more referrals or hearing from any of my contacts who I think may be of benefit to them and their business.
Either that or they are disorganised and inefficient.
So whilst it is tempting to say it I would suggest you don’t tell everyone how busy you are and if asked if you are busy respond by saying you are pretty busy but can handle more business.
Conversely if you have absolutely no business volumes to speak of don’t mention that either!
People like to deal with and be associated with successful and productive companies so the best advice is to find the middle ground.
Maybe I am on my on here so let me know if you agree or not either here or on Twitter.
Now I’ll leave it there as I am so…well, let’s just say I have other things to do!