Ep 55: How to Prep Your Inbox for a Conference (ft. Abby Grace)
If you’re an entrepreneur in the public speaking world, you know how stressful it can be to manage your inbox in general, especially while you’re out of pocket at an industry conference or summit. So many of us are slaves to the inbox and it can quickly feel overwhelming knowing that while you’re fully immersed at an event or even with your family/friends, that hot leads could be falling through the cracks and valued clients could be feeling neglected. The feeling that you’re going to have to spend the next couple days after an event trying to catch up with emails can also lead to lost sleep. On today's episode, my friend Abby Grace is going to walk us through getting a better understanding of that blackhole that is the inbox so that we can take back our lives, add to our bottom line and can get out there and serve from the stage.
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Episode takeaways you don’t want to miss:
If you are judging your productivity based on how many emails you answer in a day, you're looking at the wrong metric
Answering emails seldom moves the needle on your bottom line
The average American worker spends two hours in their inbox, which is 25% of your day if you're working an eight hour day
Constantly checking email, being plugged in and accessible erodes our ability to be fully present with our family and friends
You cannot have good work without also having good rest
If you want to be successful, stop being so accessible
Set well defined boundaries with your clients
Set dedicated times to work through your inbox and then shut it down
We teach our clients how to treat us from day one and if you teach them that you are a slave to your inbox, they will expect you to continue to be a slave to your inbox until you educate them otherwise
If you’re going to change your email checking habits and response timing, be sure to convey that to your clients
We extend grace to our clients. They will extend it to you as well
Your “out of office” auto responder is your friend!
Tell people when and what they can expect from you if you are going to be out of the office
If possible, get an extra set of hands on your inbox
Any non-client emails can easily be answered by someone else
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