When to say it… Never at a business…; ask them if they could call them the next day, or may I have a business card here is mine.
Rule of thumb, and not the one from the old days about husbands and wives, but a good rule of thumb is “If you are busy, you don’t like being bothered!” so why would anyone else enjoy that? If you see someone busy, don’t bother them until they are done. The major understanding of this rule came from dealing with business/venue owners. They are busy, very busy at what they do. What they do is run a business. The last thing they want to deal with is some random unknown person coming up to them and asking for something for themselves.
The secret comes in two fold. First, remember talk with, not to. Second, remember to approach them when they are free of dealing with things. I normally say stay away from venues when there are shows going on unless you are there to talk with people (mingle). It is important to always keep your face in the know. For now, we are working on not bothering people when they are busy. If you truly have to talk to someone about something while they are busy then do this little move…
“Hello, I know you are busy, I would like to set up a good time to call you during the week to talk about (blank).” Please get their name and number and remember our little TIP about “Call Backs”. Call when they say and tell them directly what it is you wanted to talk about. Be confident, and direct. So once all that is said and done it comes down to this simple TIP of Never at a business. Which also breaks down to “If they are busy, then leave them alone or ask to talk on a later date/time.” I know you can do it because you’ve done it in the past with friends and family. Don’t give your self stress or pressure. Trust me, you can make anything happen if you so choose to. Good luck