Back in March I wrote a post about how I was using Clarity to cut down on my email. If you’re too lazy to go back and read it, here’s the synopsis:
Too much email from people wanting free advice. Now I send them to my Clarity profile, which hooks us up on the phone and I get paid by the minute.
In a nutshell, the experiment was a raging success.
After writing that blog post, I immediately got thousands of views to my Clarity profile. But no calls right away. I added a link in the sidebar to my profile. Nothing. Instead, the calls slowly started to trickle in. I’ve done five more calls since writing that post, which, granted, isn’t that many. The reason the experiment went so well is because I now feel 1000% less guilty when I say no to someone’s request via email.
I had mentioned last time, but I would get 27-paragraph emails from some people asking me to fix their life. LOTS of recent grads would ask for advice about how to get a job. In my brain I replied, “Here, let me Google that for you.” Instead, because I’m fucking nice, I would write lonnnnggg responses with advice tailored to their situation. And the assholes would never respond. But I just couldn’t say no.
Now, when someone emails asking me to give them tips/pointers/free advice I say, “Thanks so much for getting in touch! I’d love to help. Here’s a link to my Clarity profile, feel free to set up a call.”
And I never hear from them again. Nothing. Crickets. Nada.
The result? I feel less guilty and fewer people email me, which is a total win in my book. It’s also made me think hard about phone calls. I’ve been approaching work calls differently.
A few things I’ve noticed about those who call me:
- The call sucks if people don’t come prepared with questions.
- Because Clarity is by the minute, a lot of folks try to make the call as short as possible. Which means they don’t give you a lot of background history, which makes the consulting part hard.
- Always be in front of a computer. The first time I did a Clarity call I took a walk outside since it was a beautiful day. That was a mistake since it would have helped had I been able to look them up as they talked.
Experiment over! I’m keeping Clarity up on my contact page and sending out the link in my email. Plus, the extra $100/month doesn’t hurt either. Mama needs something sparkly…