Going by my wife's experience (but speaking only for myself), there are
hazards in asking everyone at once:
- it is easy to give the impression, to a harried caller, that one is
definitely asking the caller to perform - and if one emphasizes that one
isn't it is easy to be insulting.
- it is easy to forget to get back to the callers you invited to reply, so
they are left wondering whatever happened - are they still being considered?
Should they hold the date? How long?
I understand the advantages for the person doing the booking, but if you are
honorable about it you might have more work for yourself corresponding with
all the rejected ones. And not build good will with some. A poor parallel
- "Hi, Jane, I'm looking for someone to go out with Saturday night, and
wanted to know if you would be available. You are? Good, I'll get back to
you after I see who else is available. Thanks." Others may not feel
rejected, it being only business after all, but may not be willing to hold
the date for very long since it may not materialize. Starting early seems
like the best idea.
On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM, Chris Page <chriscpage(a)gmail.com> wrote:
(tap, tap, tap -- is this thing on?)
A bookings etiquette question:
For a special contra event (weekend, daylong event), is it better to
ask performer's availabilities in serial or in parallel?
In other words, should one focus on one bookee at a time, only moving
on after a non answer, or a reasonable amount of time?
Or is it better to ask multiple talents at once, and then select from
those that responded?
(and also curious if anyone's still on this list)
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