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Those of us who work to support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures spend a lot of time talking to entrepreneurs and answering their questions. We do this via phone, email, in person, twitter and many other conduits. Many times we find ourselves 10 minutes into a conversation and still do not know what the conversation is about. While usually motivated by kindness, this often leads to frustration. Here is my advice:
- Start with the end. Start by telling me or whoever you are asking for assistance what you are trying to achieve in the meeting. I have no problem with a couple minutes of small talk but please get to the point pretty quick.
- Be as specific as you can. General questions tend to demand a generalized response.
- Listen! There is nothing more frustrating that to be asked for advice, help or guidance than to be ignored. I suggest you take notes. The act of note-taking communicates you are interested.