Yesterday I spoke about the clarity of data. You need to be able to read it.
Consequently, I took a phone call last afternoon from an MHM client. He reminded me how I once gently pointed out texting me was not a good idea.
We laugh about it now but back in 2018 when we started working together it was painful.
For example: if there was a problem with the clinic list I’d phone him and leave a message for him to call back.
Generally speaking this lead to a text message asking what the problem was.
So I’d text back.
This lead on to a mammoth text change that could easily take an hour. An hour of interruptions and an inability to sort a single problem out because it wasn’t clear what the issue was.
Nor was it clear what the suggested solution was.
This would happen most days to our mutual annoyance.
To be honest, I could not afford to spend so much wasted time that way. And neither could the client.
So we stopped.
Now if there is a problem, I text and ask him to call. He texts back giving me a time and I call him at that time.
Consequently on a bad week we speak once. On a terrible week, we speak twice. But we seldom have those sorts of weeks anymore.
Indeed today was the first time I’ve spoken to him since early July.
And that is why it is vital to get the right data, in the right format and prevent the very opportunity for issues to arise.