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Why do people not call you back? 4 annoying reasons why.

Can you remember the joke “The cheque’s in the mail”? (It never was . . .)
These days the joke is “I’ll call you back . . .” (They never do.)

grumpyWhy don’t people call us back?

The clever repair strategies are in the next report. Click /tap here -  'Are you tired of people not calling you back? 12 fast fixes.'

1. Why don’t people call us back? What has caused this communication breakdown?

This problem of people not answering their phone is not new. Expecting people to be ‘true to their word’ has always been an issue, but it’s happening more now, than years ago.
Some of the reason is a ‘generational thing’.

People who grew up during ‘the war’ believed in ‘a fair days work for a fair days pay’. They were also the ones who believed that ‘a man’s word is his bond’. In other words, if you said you would do something – you could relied on to do it.

Part of this personal ethic has been lost when it comes to phone etiquette.



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Are you tired of people not calling you back? 12 fast fixes

smartphone for businessHow are you to connect with companies and their staff if they don’t answer their phone?

The solution. 12 strategies you can use to connect with people on the phone.

Forget the idea that somebody will call you back. They won’t.

I covered all the reasons why people don’t call you back in this report here: ‘Why do people not call you back? 4 annoying reasons why.’

Here are some proven ideas that will keep you ‘front of mind’ without sounding pushy:




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Why are your emails ignored? 5 easy ways to fix it.

Have you ever spoken to somebody face-to-face and they have ignored you?

It hurts doesn’t it?

“How rude” you think. “What have they got against me?”

We’ve all had this happen to us. Did you consider it may have been because the person didn’t hear you? (This is particularly pertinent to me as I and others in my family have a hearing impairment).

little boy listening

Have you ever tried to speak with somebody in a noisy environment? Trying to speak in an underground train station or while loud machinery is operating is hard?

The same can occur when you send somebody an email and they don’t respond. To you, it feels like they are deaf.

In noisy situations above we have to resort to other methods to get our message across. Often they are methods we are unfamiliar with, because we don’t use them every day.

Have you used hand signals and making sure the person you are speaking to is facing you when you speak? Yes, we use these methods in loud places.

The same can occur when we want people to respond to our emails.



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What useful apps do you have on your phone?


Just in case you have forgotten - phones are a productivity tool.Smartphone for business


Firstly, you can make or receive phone calls.

I know that sounds obvious but I called 5 self employed business people on Wednesday (during work hours) and none of them answered their phone. 

I know we all get busy and can't be interupted, but what if I was a brand new customer calling?

Enter the Smartphone! 

They are so smart they can literally save you hours of 'after hours' sweat.

You don't have to 'check your diary' and get back to people like we used to. You can put your caller on speaker and look up your calendar on-the-run.

People used to write a cheque (remember cheques?) hoping there would be enough money in the account to cover it. Now you can be adding another appointment to your schedule or ordering your client dinner and check your account while the drinks come. You can even pay the bill by waving your phone over the magic machine.

What other apps can save you time (and give you back your evenings)?


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Windows 10 problems 2015

[If you don't understand any of this - you are probably better off than me]


Hi, let me shed some light, on Windows 10.Windows 10 problem

Windows 10, is a wonderful new bride - BUT.
I made the mistake of logging into Windows Live (as encouraged).
Like the IOS system (Apple) and Google, it welcomes you into the family in exchange for your precious email address.

Aahh, now feeling all warm and fuzzy, you download wonderful apps from their app store.
BUT (I told you to expect a 'but') now all my documents think I have' been unfaithful' and open as 'read only'.couple arguing
My account keeping software has divorced me, as I have (apparently) lost all my read/write privileges.
(Where am I to go for my conjugal rights now?)
I have been to relationship counselling in the wise forums of the internet and found them wanting.

Alas, I have had to hijack my own identity and become a new user (don't you hate to be called a USER) on my own PC!
I have raped and pillaged my former self, stripping him of every useful file.
Then, on bended knee I have begged for another chance with my old 'cloud' services and email client.
They didn't suspect that it was really me under this fake name, as long as I paid the bride price, of the sacred password.
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