Stop shooting yourself in the foot by making offers and/or commitments and then not keeping them. There are all kinds of ways we do this with a belief that it’s just part of how we communicate. Here are some common examples:
- “I’ll make that introduction for you” (in a future galaxy)
- “I’ll see what I can do” (but you won’t)
- “Let me do some research and get back to you” (or not)
- “I’ll call you in the next few days to set up a meeting” (what year did you mean?)
Sound familiar? And you’re probably just as appreciative as I am when they actually follow through. I greatly prefer honesty such as when people don’t make commitments they won’t keep. But while disingenuous “promises” are an accepted part of our culture they still hurt the reputation of the person who makes and breaks them.
Recently, I had coffee with a young man just starting his career. He showed more interest in who I am and what I do than I’ve experienced in years. He followed up that night with a thank you and already took action on something that would be very helpful to me. I’m an instant fan as this is exactly the type of individual I want in my circle.
Go Best Young Man, Go Best!
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