As part of our 7th Anniversary Celebration this week we are sharing 5 excerpts – one each day – from “Now That’s a Great Question” – Today sharing:
• An invitation to invest financially?
• An invitation to help with a special project?
• An invitation to join a team, group, or committee?
• An invitation to attend a special event?
Did you assume that they opened your letter, read your invitation/ request, and after careful consideration decided that they needed to decline?
Let me ask you more questions:
Big question: If someone sends you an invitation via letter that you either didn’t open or that you laid aside with great intention to read later, only to forget, and therefore never made a decision about their invitation—why would you conclude, when you don’t receive a response, that those you extended an invitation to actually decided to decline your invite?
Most likely, you have already come to the same conclusion—yes, you sent the letter—but they either did not open it or they laid it aside with good intentions but promptly forgot and therefore they did not make any decision!
So what did you do then? Might you have done what I did? Mightyou have picked up the phone to give them a call so that you could move your request to their frontal lobe where they could actually make a decision?
So when you got them on the phone (and that is no easy task) what did you say? Might you have said, “I am following up on the letter I sent you”?
What happened when you said, “I am following up on the letter I sent you?” Did they respond with:
The reality is, even when you made the follow-up phone call, you shot yourself in the foot by sending the letter first!
How do I know?
I wish this weren’t true, but for years (I am a very slow learner) I kept doing this. I even added a handwritten note on the bottom of the letter stating, “I will give you a call in the next few days to find out
your decision,“ only to discover that almost everyone was unaware of receiving my original letter!
I kept shooting myself in the foot by sending a letter and then following up via phone, only to hear that they had never seen the letter!
I no longer extend important invitations or requests via letter. Instead, I get them on the phone and extend my invitation ear-to-ear!
Maybe you’re thinking, “Sounds nice, but people today just don’t answer their phone like their Grandparents once did.”
Or maybe you’re thinking that leaving voicemail messages is also a BIG MISTAKE because so many people no longer listen to their voicemail messages. Do you?
So how do I get people on the phone? I’m glad you asked!
Would you like to know how you can get the people you want to talk with to actually call you?
These days, when I have an important invitation to extend to anyone, I begin by sending them, “The Magic Text!” (which I discovered in Michael Maher’s book, The 7 Levels of Communication.)’
Here is my “Magic Text”: Hi (their name). (My name) here. I have a quick question for you. Can you please give me a call at your earliest convenience? It is not an emergency—but as soon as you have a couple free minutes, please give me a call. My number is XXX-XXX-XXXX. Looking forward to hearing your voice!
Warning: Your phone will start ringing almost immediately—so you would be wise to space out the sending of your “Magic Texts.”
Why does this work? Although many people are no longer listening to their voicemail messages or reading all of their emails, almost everyone still reads their texts!
They are now on the phone with you! What do you say?
People are busy so they appreciate you getting right to the point.
Here is what I say:
And the surprising thing is, when people request for you to send them a follow-up email, almost all of them actually read your email and respond as promised!
None of this is high-pressure! But the high percentage of “Yes” responses will amaze you! By simply making sure that everyone you are wanting to extend an invitation to has actually heard your invite and then come to a decision, the percentage of “Yes” responses is likely to be 10 times higher than if you had relied on your letter invite alone!
If you’re wondering, “How about using email to extend an invitation or make a request?” That’s a Great Question!
In a her guest post on my blog, Vanessa K. Bohns, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University, shared that research has shown that, “A face-to-face request is 34 times more successful than an email.”
If there was something you could do to increase the Leadership Effectiveness of all those in the shadow of your influence both at work and at home would you do it?
If so, then today is their lucky day!
You are invited to join the “Now That’s a Great Question Launch Team!” As a “Launch Team Member” you will receive “Shareable Copy” that you can post and email that positions the opportunity to download the “Now That’s a Great Question” eBook as a gift from you.
It’s a Win/Win!
Your Friends Will Win by increasing their leadership effectiveness x 10 both at work and at home as they move from leading by telling to leading with questions!
You Win! Because it’s coming from you – you will be the one they will be thanking for gifting them with this great new resource, helping them grow as leaders at work and at home! And you will be the beneficiary of a deepening relationship with all those in the shadow of your influence!
Please click “HERE” to join the “Launch Team!” Then be looking for our emails with your shareable social media and email copy that you will be able to simply “Copy – Paste – Post/Email.”
Special Bonus: in appreciation of all “Launch Team Members” who commit to sharing on social media and to emailing a minimum of 200 of their colleagues/friends/clients/prospects we will send you the printed version of “Now That’s a Great Question.” The printed version is not available for sale – only for “Launch Team Members!” (Offer to send the printed version is available for U.S.A.
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