This is a blog originally posted in April of 2011, and as I was reading back through some old blog posts, I thought it might be a fun one to revisit… enjoy this, and the 2 follow up blogs coming out over the next couple of days…


imagesRob and I are active members of a few networks, and we recently received this email from another member of one of our networks. I had a few initial thoughts on responses to this email, but I was wondering what your thoughts would be if you received this via email:

I would like to get together with you and Tiffanie to discuss *his service here*. Pretty simple, right?
I don’t have time for golf during market hours. I don’t have time for chamber breakfasts or coffee socials.
How’s that for an elevator speech? My contact information is listed below.

What would be YOUR response to that email?

About Tiffanie Kellog

Tiffanie loves to help people make more money while saving time, so they can hopefully have more fun!

10 responses »

  1. Mara says:

    In all seriousness, my response would be NO RESPONSE. It’s all about him and his unwillingness to share his time. But then, I am not a Certified Networking instructor. 🙂

  2. sounds like a headache before you even start working with them. I love serious buisness ppl but wow that’s a bit much even for me

  3. Jackie Wood says:

    “DELETE”……next 🙂 OR Actually send the following e-mail:

    Hi ______, it was nice meeting you at the network event. Attached is some information on the 10 commandments of networking a mixer. It’s FREE and has a lot of great information. It’s scheduled for “such and such a date & time”. Since it sounds like you don’t have time to do much, this would be a great start to help you Make More Money in Less Time!!!! Would love to see you there, and afterwards we could possibly talk a bit about our businesses 🙂

  4. Bonjour Tiffanie,

    I was reading a comment made by Mike Macedonio, and I like it :
    “As for my elevator conversation, as infrequently as I am in an elevator, I prefer a simple conversation of “Good morning, Good Afternoon or Have a nice day” and I’m off.”

  5. Two choices:

    1. Assume their an idiot and hit delete.

    2. Pick up the phone and call him. See if he really is that clueless or was trying to be funny. Sometimes in email people are trying to be sarcastic and it doesn’t come across quite right.

    Given what you do for a living and how AWESOME you are, I’d probably at least extend the olive branch (no meeting, just a phone call) so he’s not out trashing your reputation because you ignored him.

    Sounds like a phone call for a non-Go Getter to make!

    Don’t forget to post another blog telling us what you decided to do!

  6. I’d say: Seeing as relationship building is not a part of your agenda, I don’t know that we’d have time to meet with you. We choose to work with those businesses that we have relationship with. 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Sounds like a great candidate for Certified Networker! I”d reply: I”m a bit confused! You say you don’t have time for getting together with people, yet you want to get together with us? Oh and by the way regarding your elevator speech, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being awesome, it’s a 0!

  8. I would initially want to hit the delete button and move on to another “SPAM” email.
    However, I would reply and simply reiterate how I develop relationships and invite him/her to an event (probably Certified Networker evening). If the person did not participate, I would simply delete their emails from that point forward.
    Looking forward to hearing how you responded.

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