Business Breakfast Meeting
I thought I would share my experience about almost being stood up for a breakfast meeting on a cold February morning and how NetSuite saved me.
I recently had a business meeting in town. I had arranged to meet this business contact in our usual place – Costa Coffee on Bothwell Street in Glasgow at 10am. But when I turned up it was closed for refurbishment. So I went across the road to Pret a Manger (who coincidentally have just signed up as a NetSuite customer) and emailed my contact to let him know of the change of location.
I was early anyway so I took out my iPad and logged into NetSuite. My dashboard said this:
Being early, I started to plough through my to do list (and my almond croissant). I tidied up my opportunities, adding new action dates to the ones I knew I didn’t have to contact today. I scanned my 39 tasks and reassigned the non-essential ones to another day. I also completed two tasks while I was sitting there (including the one overdue).
And I used the system to update notes on phone conversations I had completed the previous day while I was out the office.
I was so preoccupied with my work that I didn’t even notice my “date” rushing through the door at 10.15am. “Sorry I am late!” he greeted me, “I was held up in a meeting and I didn’t get your email about the change of venue until a moment ago!”
Saved By NetSuite
It occurred to me that if I hadn’t been so preoccupied with my work I would have assumed I’d been “stood up” and probably would have left by now.
I wouldn’t have been very productive that morning. My work would have been uncompleted; my journey a waste; and I wouldn’t have had a nice chat with my good friend (or had an almond croissant for breakfast).
What did I do before I had NetSuite?
For those of you heading out tomorrow for first dates on Valentine’s day, I suggest taking an iPad with the NetSuite app