I am torn between making myself readily accessible to clients and setting some guidelines for them. Any thoughts?
This depends on a variety of factors, e.g. type of practice, type of clients, personal style, communication mode, etc. it can also vary by the intensity of the project.
Here is one suggestion from another consultant: "I make myself available 24/7 by email and texts, and discourage phone calls. It makes for a more effective relationship all around. A side benefit is the client thinks things through before communicating and we both have a written record of the communication.
Sometimes the purpose of the email or text is to set up a phone call or meeting. Because I travel and spend 1/3 of my time with clients, I may be difficult to track down. I use email more than the phone because I am able to check it more often (even in meetings) than I can check voicemail. It works just fine."TIP:
You can establish an effective email communication path with clients that can be supplemented and reinforced as needed with phone contact. Besides, email is up and running 24/7, even if you aren't.
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