A few months ago an acquaintance contacted me and asked if I’d like to go out and have dinner with her and catch up. I was excited to connect and even though I was in the middle of several big projects I cleared a spot in my schedule. I looked forward to an evening of eating delicious food (that I didn’t have to cook or clean up after) and conversation with someone I enjoyed but rarely got to spend time with.
When she started our time together by saying “I know that your passion and expertise is in ____ area of business and I just wanted to get some business ideas from you…” I have to admit, my heart sank a little.
She said: Let’s go have dinner and catch up
I heard: Let’s go have dinner and catch up
She meant: I want free business advice (more…)