Today’s Tip – Write down what? Keep a pad and paper next to you for every phone conversation. Keep track of what you and they say.
Writing down things helps you remember them. Its true. I just wrote this down and now I can remember it. Writing down information from a phone conversation is just as important as taking notes during a meeting.
Writing it down helps with clarity for one thing. It allows you to be sure of what was said for later reference which could be vitally important. Lets say you are setting up a show and they need 4 comics. You talk about all kinds of things writing it all down. A few hours after the call you look back over your notes and realize you never asked if adult content was appropriate. You call back and discover that no it would not be since it’s for a kids party. Being able to look back over your notes at the end of a phone conversation will help you think of more questions for later on, or request clarification. Lets not forget that you could easily forget an important date or time that you need to do something or be somewhere.
Being able to have perfect recall is a great gift one that most of us are not blessed with so lets not kid ourselves into thinking we are. Don’t risk it, don’t chance it. Lets say you need to be at Generic Laugh Club at 8pm on the 7th. Imagine how stupid you would look if you showed up at 7pm on the 8th instead. If I were the club owner that would be the last show you did in my place, why risk that. Even worse the next day you show up at 8pm looking to put on the show, bad enough you missed it but to actually show up the next day? I’d be thinking you had a great future as a professional idiot, people pay to see that I suppose, see the Darwin awards for more information.