Here is a conversation I’ve had on many, many occasions:
[It’s 2:15 in the afternoon. The phone rings.]
ME: Hi, this is David.
New client: Hi, do you have any times available this afternoon?
ME: Yes, how about 4 PM?
NC: Oh. Sorry. I was looking for 2:30. Another time. <click>
Now, tell me something. Why doesn’t the client ask: “Hi, are you free for a 2.30 appointment?” right away?
I call this “coy client syndrome”. Probably they’re embarrassed that they’re calling at the very last minute. But I don’t mind! I’m either free, or I’m not. Don’t be shy about stating your preferred time right at the start.
Or perhaps they’re just making a preliminary move, just testing the waters. One client told me that it took him a YEAR to work up the courage to call. From both a marketing and a psychological angle, I understand, though I think it’s a shame to be deterred from calling by fear.
You’ve got one life. My experience is that 99% of what I feared and worried about never happened. The 1%? I dealt with it. The fear and the worry were a kind of hobby, a way of structuring my time. There are better ways, one of which is living the life you want to live, and taking small steps towards that life.
This is important: YOU are in charge of your session. You, not me. We’re not going anywhere in your session that you don’t want to go. That’s how I keep the session time, and my space, safe.
Don’t let fear rule you. ♥