Ask questions to avoid unintended consequences
I smile at this now but I wasn't smiling when it originally happened. A group of bicyclists (me included) stopped off for breakfast at a restaurant. Now let me say up front that it was a posh place. Still, I presumed the menu to be a couple of bucks higher than what I usually spend on my rides when I sat down. I was wrong.
A fool will allow a situation to control him/her. A wise person will ask questions and be prepared to take actions which will be difficult at times. I had to learn a lesson.
I sat down around an outdoor table with my cycling buddies. Yes, I had an idea it was a "different" place by the surroundings and the way the waiters were treating us. Even the bathrooms set a tone with rolled hand towels by the sink. The menu came but I didn't understand it. I could read the food but had trouble finding the price. The description of the food seemed a bit high brow. No problem. I ordered a grilled ham, cheese and scrambled egg sandwich with water. After I ate, I was presented the bill. $9.00 plus a gratuity. Someone had decided to order an appetizer for the group and my kick for everything wound up being $15.00. My sandwich was o.k. but for me not in line with the price as it was a bit on the meager side (portion wise). I paid for atmosphere.
I learned that day to ask questions instead of having the situation control me. From time to time those same riders and I will bring up that day and laugh. Everyone felt the same way as I did but no one had the guts to say anything.
Have the courage to ask questions instead of being surprised by the results afterwards.
I make sure to let my clients know in advance how much my services are likely to be. If I felt that way about a sandwich then I'm sure people want an idea of how much it's going to be for me to fulfill their business needs at my office.
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Richard J. Garcia | 12/13/2011