Business Calls & Children “Help”
You know it’s happened to you. Your phone rings and it’s the important business call you have been waiting for. As you look at your children wildly circling you, you ask yourself, “Do I take the call?” It leaves you wondering how do other busy work at home mum’s/dads handle at-home-business calls. I have outlined 4 quick tips to help you cope hopefully survive to fight another day…..
In the early days of my on-line business journey when my my son, (aged seven) was with me, there were times he talked or was noisy when I was on a business call. I used to say, “I am very sorry, my son is here…” But thankfully, I’ have changed. I am grateful to “Ponn Sabra” who told me to be proud my son is with me. And she is right. Now when I proudly state, “My son is with me today,” I find callers are gracious. Most reply with, “Oh, that’s wonderful! Enjoy your time with him.”
2. Be prepared for the unexpected.
As a mum/dad, you wear many hats. When on the phone, always smile and project a good attitude. But be prepared to deal with unexpected situations as they arise. If children are disruptive during a call, remain calm. This is the time to have a sense of humour and make light of the situation. If the caller hears the background cries and you’re unable to quickly control the situation, offer to call back at a later time. “Would ten minutes or a half hour be better for you?”
3. Give “silent hellos or goodbyes”.
You can develop a “silent hello” (or goodbye) used when on the phone and your children walk in or out. Wear a headset to free your hands for a big hug and a quiet kiss. Train your children to be quiet and they understand you can’t hang up just because they have arrived. Your children will soon compete to see who can be the quietest, and you never have to hang up on a client 🙂
4. Leave your children “reminders”.
For example you can purchase a small stop sign for your office door. It serves as a visual reminder for you kids to stop and listen so they don’t burst in during a business call. Below the sign you could post three questions for your kids to ask themselves before interrupting.
- Is someone hurt?
- Does it concern school work?
- Would you pay $5 for the answer? ($5 = the 15 minutes it takes to work through the question and get refocused)
By doing this I cut the interruptions down to almost zero after about a week.
By being proud of your decision to work from home, being prepared for the unexpected, giving silent hellos or good-byes, and leaving your children reminders, you, too, can experience more success with your at-home-business calls.