One of ICL(UK)’s dictums was that one should deal with one’s existing clients before taking on new clients. This tied in with another dictum Never Make a Promise or a Threat You’re Not Prepared to Keep , which I had to learn by painful emotional experience.
The advice is sound. I should always look after any exiting clients before chasing or opening new ones.
There is no illegality in telling a contact “I can’t start on it before December”; rarity makes me look good.
Issuing text such as “I must admit, my single-minded focus is both my strength and my weakness; I was working through a nice size project last week …” is risky at best. . The rest of the phrase is valid, legal and sound, but the message conveyed is “I was busy paying attention to someone more important than you.
I am reminded of all this by staring into my refrigerator this morning.
A good friend is off on a 2-week cruise of the Caribbean, and I am the lucky recipient of scads of frozen and chilled food that she doesn’t want to find in HER refrigerator when she returns.
Great! I get to eat things I’d never dream of buying, and don’t have to cook for at least ten days.
And there’s the problem.
I love cooking.
I will have to steel myself NOT to cook, but to consume what are essentially left-overs for ten days.
It is a sound business practice!