Every day starts out the same:
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Head to the office
Or something similar!
What if you did something today to spice it up? Something out of the ordinary? Something that would not compromise you or your goal at the end of the day, but add a little spontaneity to it.
Here’s what happened to me this afternoon. At first I was a little skeptical but I did it anyway. Let’s see what you think.
I had an appointment at noon with a client I’ve been working with for several months now. We were finalizing some details on a presentation I’m giving at her upcoming conference. We had scheduled a specific time at her office, our usual meeting place. But today the sun was shining, the sky was blue and there was live music playing outside on the Capitol Square (in Madison, WI).
Taking a chance, I said: “What about hammering out the details as we sit outside, under the sun, listening to the music in the background. What about shaking it up a bit today?”
She agreed – and it was perfect! Instead of sitting inside a stuffy office we actually took care of the same business in a different surrounding. I think we actually created a stronger bond between us.
So, for your next meeting, what about suggesting a walk or listening to local music or anything in your town that may be a little out of the ordinary. It’s no different than discussing business on the golf course, and since I don’t golf, I’ve just found another venue.
Now, to be clear, I would NOT suggest this with a new client or if the details of the meeting require a more structured environment. You have to use your judgment and decide which clients and which situations would be a good fit. But what the heck, give it a try. Shake it up a little.