Following up can often feel like a nerve-wracking endeavor. (IT SUCKS)
The anxiety builds as you sit on the phone, waiting for the other person to pick up, all while your mind races with doubts and questions.
"Am I being too pushy?
Will they find me annoying?
What if they haven't completed the task yet?"
The fear of being perceived as a pest or a nag can be paralyzing (especially as a woman). But today, I want to challenge this apprehension and help you see the immense value in following up.
Let's be honest; the notion of following up has, for some inexplicable reason, has been the bane of loads of Arab girls existence.
It's time we address and dispel the unjustified fear surrounding follow-ups. Rather than viewing them as bothersome, let's embrace them as a powerful tool for effective communication and progress.
The Arab Stigma of Follow-Ups
In our culture, there exists a certain stigma around follow-ups. We often hesitate to make that second call or send that gentle reminder email. We fear that our persistence might be perceived as impolite or invasive. Especially since we usually know they haven't done what they said they would. But is this perception justified? I believe not.
The Benefits of Following Up
Contrary to what you might think, most people actually appreciate a well-timed follow-up. Why? Because it sends a message. It tells them that you are organized, serious about your commitments, and genuinely care about the tasks at hand. These are all positive attributes that reflect a strong character and commitment to your work or relationships.
Here are some compelling reasons why following up should be an integral part of your communication arsenal:
Demonstrates Reliability: When you follow up on a request or task, you showcase your reliability and dedication. Others will come to trust you as someone who keeps their word.
Strengthens Relationships: Following up isn't just about tasks; it's about people. Regular follow-ups show that you value the person you're communicating with. It fosters a sense of connection and mutual respect.
Ensures Accountability: By following up, you help ensure that commitments are met. This can be especially crucial in professional settings where deadlines and responsibilities are paramount.
Facilitates Clarity: Miscommunications happen. A follow-up can clarify any misunderstandings or ambiguities, saving time and preventing potential issues down the line.
Drives Progress AND MOTIVATES: In projects or collaborations, follow-ups can be the catalyst for progress. They keep things moving and prevent bottlenecks.
Encourages Feedback: When you follow up, you open the door for feedback. This can be immensely valuable for personal growth and improvement.
Sets You Apart: In a world where many shy away from follow-ups, doing so makes you stand out. It showcases your commitment to excellence and your determination to see things through.
Embrace the Art of the Follow-Up
Following up should not be perceived as a sign of annoyance or nagging. Instead, it should be seen as a reflection of your commitment, reliability, and genuine concern for the task or relationship at hand. By embracing the art of the follow-up, you not only strengthen your connections but also position yourself as a person of integrity and determination.
So, let's challenge the stigma and unleash the potential of following up. The next time you hesitate to send that reminder or make that call, remember the positive impact it can have. Follow-ups aren't a burden; they are a bridge to success. YOU GOT THIS GIRLIE.