15 Aug Effective Diary Management
Any company will understand the importance of keeping an accurate business diary. It’s a key organisational tool for many businesses and can be the difference between a company that expands and one that does not. Mismanagement of such an integral aspect of your business can lead to all manner of problems later down the line and seriously compromise your ability to retain clients, or indeed, bring on board new ones.
As such, there are some fundamental rules when it comes to diary management that you need to be implementing today.
Allow Extra Time
When it comes to meetings, we very often fall into the trap of cramming in as many as possible in an effort to be more efficient. The problem is of course, that it’s easy to overlook the fact that meetings very often fall victim to overspill, running over and immediately putting you in a situation where you’re late to every other meeting that follows. It’s important to leave a buffer gap between meetings to accommodate these inevitable spill overs and make you far more productive in the long run.
Making Client Acquisition a Priority
Without correctly utilising a business diary, it’s very easy for client retention to completely dominate your business and make any potential for acquiring fresh clients impossible. The common issue is that people simply don’t feel they have time, to take calls or correctly document data. Simple things, like taking down numbers and email addresses incorrectly or not at all, can seriously impact your business in the long run, and makes for a stagnant business model that doesn’t accommodate expansion. Undoubtedly, client retention and meeting their needs is very important, but it’s equally important to make adequate time to generate new business. If you really don’t have time for this then you need to seriously consider other avenues to help alleviate the demands on your time.
Diary Management Services
If you are really struggling to utilise your business diary then it may be time to employ some third-party services to take the strain off. This can be particularly helpful in instances as we discussed above, when you simply don’t have the time to nurture potential business relations for the future. A good diary management service will be able to handle multiple diaries, take detailed information from potential new clients and capture all important data, leaving you to focus on current clients and your day to day responsibilities.
With this option, there is always a professional representative to answer your calls and take down the relevant information, taking a huge amount of the workload from you to be better spent elsewhere.
As we mentioned, mismanagement of business diaries is a common problem and one that is often brushed aside as a small thing. The reality however is that it is the key to how your business and the individuals within it operate, and if the foundations aren’t structured well then this tends to have negative ripples that spread across your entire business. Don’t let your business diary management become a problem, if you’re struggling to make it work as a business asset then it might be time to reanalyse and perhaps consider some third-party help, a viable way that has seen many corporations radically benefit their productivity and client acquisition.