3 Comments

  1. bozo
    May 16, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    Don’t let her get you down Norman
    Know what I mean?

  2. elaine
    May 17, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    well, i’d look on it more in this light: is this an opporunity for me or not. what this lady does seem to have is persistence and enthusiasm. she’s interested and at the same time she’s working up to it in that extrovert fashion of shooting from the hip. she sounds young–that question mark at the end of every sentence is a young woman’s habit.
    if I were having this experience and I wanted to carve out my own nice in this conversation, I’d send her an email that summarizes what I want to say to her and what I want to ask her. that gives both people a structure for the next brief conversation.
    this technique is called managing up. I use it on busy bosses and corporate types in my work. trust me. these people inhabit a different world.

  3. elaine
    May 17, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    yup, I can understand being distracted by her manner.
    Here follows, in my not-so humble opinion, my unsolicited two cents:
    Were I in your shoes, I would send her a concise email to ask for clarification on what she wants and what she has to offer. We call this ‘managing up’ in the corporate world.
    It gives each of you context and structure for your next phone call.
    What I’m getting at here is that it’s not her manner that’s important for you, it’s whether or not there is a business opportunity.