You’ve got your hands full, so let’s maximize your time! I can attest that those referrals, specifically DMs that start with “I really love what you are doing” and end with something like “I can help you, let’s have a quick call, it will only take 15 minutes” …actually take up a ton of time.
While there is VALUE in some of these requests, they shouldn’t make you feel like a fire is under your 🍑. The only time I want that to be so is when puppies are up for grabs!
Referrals can feel like you have to reply that day and have to set up a meeting as soon as possible, to satisfy the person’s request. These meetings inevitably lead to triple the time of what you thought it’d take and leave you distracted the rest of the day throwing off your entire week.
I’m honored someone would want to pick my brain or spill the tea on how to work together. But, the truth is, I will only benefit from responding to these requests strategically because distractions and multitasking are the biggest productivity killers.
So, here are your tips for how to handle pop-up referral partnership requests:
1. Don’t put your prime money generating work on hold just to respond to the fire in your DMs or inbox. Girl STOP shuffling your schedule around to accommodate non-urgent requests. You are not a short order cook. It wasn’t on your radar or schedule, so why make it a priority all of a sudden? Here’s your truth: You don’t have to respond asap. You don’t even have to respond at all if you don’t know them or have the energy to do so. And you don’t have to rearrange your packed schedule to accommodate them.
2. Take advantage of scheduling apps such as Calendly or Acuity to block out short amounts of time for referrals or things that pop up like this. If the referral fits into your goals, respond during a break. I like to call these sessions Coffee Chats because it sounds cute, quick and professional.
Your time is valuable. Reclaim your focus and increase your bottom line.
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