9:30 Sunday night phone call? Someone better be dead.
June 4, 2010 10:40 AM Subscribe
Businesslike behavior: Is it different today for 20-somethings? Maybe I'm just old...
posted by lothar to Work & Money (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The mid-20s marketing/sales guy my partner and I are using has good contacts and seems to be a go-getter. But he:
-calls us from parties, while eating, with off-topic background audio.
-calls outside of business hours for noncritical reasons.
-calls while putting down the bong (yes we can tell).
Maybe phone conventions have changed?
-prefers to talk and not email. Generational difference? Marketing weasel difference?
-isn't always timely (five days to "get back to "), and doesn't document his followthrough (if any).
My experience in corporate freelance is that anything that can squick your contact can queer the deal. And although we work in a highly creative, arty business, it's the product that's weird, not the method of doing business.
"Straighten up and fly right, kid," or just an old fart yelling "get off my lawn"?