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The Funny Side of Appointments and Meetings

Posted by Vendere Team on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

Business is already serious enough. Sometimes we need to take a few moments to laugh at our situation. After all, laughter is good medicine, right?

One of the most critical aspects of business is an appointment with a client or sales lead. Sometimes these meetings can get derailed. The following pointers should help keep a smile on your face no matter how bleak or crazy things get.

Taking it to Committee

Vaudeville comedian Milton Berle once said, "A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours." As wise as he seemed to be, it's likely he also knew that a committee is a group of people doing the work of one. So, the next time you want to go on vacation, just call a committee and let someone else head it up.

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Maybe the greatest value of a committee is that a few months of meetings can often save a few hours in the library. And perhaps the only way such meetings ever end is that the one who called the meeting gets tired of doing all the thinking.

Who Needs Numbers?

Most meetings are filled with facts and figures. As comforting as numbers seem to be, it might help to know that, according to official figures, 87% of all statistics are totally worthless. When you're in a meeting and your secretary forgot to get you the numbers to prove your point, just remember that a little ambiguity never hurt anyone, and a little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.

Taking Responsibility

Some meetings prove to be far more serious than others, like those that are called when a small problem blows up into a crisis. And we all know that a crisis is when you can no longer say, "Let's forget the whole thing." It may prove even more important to remember that a good scapegoat can be hard to find. Perhaps you should start looking while the problem is still small.

At the End of the Day

An afternoon may be that part of the day when we all spend time worrying about how we wasted the morning, but if the morning was spent in meetings, you'll have a good excuse. Just remember the old wise saying, "After all is said and done, usually more is said than done." It also helps to remember that all good things must come to an end. It would just be really nice to know when they start!

But Seriously

When you are working to set up a sales meeting, you know that appointment setting is no joking matter. The sales lead all too frequently remains a moving target. Getting in touch and pinning them down to a specific time can prove challenging. An appointment setting service can help keep a smile on your face by taking that chore off your plate.

Topics: appointment setting, sales

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