Dangers of Over-Familiarity
I received a terrible sales call recently
There were lots of things wrong with it, but the issues that wound me up the most was that the sales person kept calling me Matt. For business calls my name is Matthew, not Matt. When I corrected the sales person he clearly took offence and started calling me Mr. Parker instead.
The familiarity issue is far more common that I realized
I posted a bit of a rant about the call on LinkedIn. It clearly resonated with a lot of people – there are nearly 70 comments so far. It showed that I was far from alone in suffering from this sort of sales approach.
There were many stories of people who had been called by the wrong name or called “mate” or similar. No one liked it. And yet these sorts of approaches appear to be increasingly common.
Does your organization suffer from over-familiarity?
The last thing I would do is suggest that anyone who reads my e-mails would take this sort of approach. But do you have any young, over-enthusiastic sales people? A delivery driver who can be too friendly? Maybe it is worth just doing a quick audit to make sure that no one is accidentally offending a prospect or customer.
I just want to be clear about one thing
In today’s business environment, using a first name is normally, absolutely fine. It is using abbreviations that can cause a problem. If you are unsure about what name to use, you can always ask!
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