Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The stomach flu as a business development tool

I mentioned, last week, that I'd been clobbered by the stomach flu. I spared you the gory details then, and I'll spare you the gory details now.

It's just that -- well, no one ever gets ill at a good time. I had a lot of stuff (certainly a lot of stuff by my meager standards) to do last week, some of them even billable, and none of them got done. Meanwhile, while I was out of the office, the phone was ringing off the hook.

By the end of last week, when I finally was able to start returning phone calls, I had messages from three or four prospective clients and two from returning clients (one who I hadn't heard from in four or five years). I've had days -- weeks -- where I haven't gotten any calls except sales or collection calls and the occasional call from my wife or one of the kids.

What accounts for this sudden flurry of activity?

Well, I wish I knew. But my current hypothesis is... the flu.

Somehow, there must be some karmic connection between viral infection and business development.

I took the train downtown this morning for the first time in a week. I was looking to sit next to someone who was hacking and wheezing.

I had no luck this morning -- but I'll keep looking.

I can sure use the business.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i am told there is no such thing as stomach flu but that is a noro virus if it's viral or food poisoning if not.. i can vouch for that being bad. both of them. but what do i know, i dropped out of online medical school, remember?

smiles, bee

The Curmudgeon said...

The way I remember it, you more or less outgrew the online medical school -- left 'em in the dust....