Who is on your Have Not Called list?

CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs. Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company's culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.


A special thanks to one of our community families, Mr., and Mrs. Arthur Emerson, for inspiring this week’s column, your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Who is on your Do Not Call list? I don’t mean the businesses you have asked to stop calling you, or the Do Not Call lists that you have registered your telephone number with to stop telemarketers from trying to reach you. No, I am referring to the people in your life who have made your Do Not Call list.

Well, maybe we don’t refer to it as a Do Not Call list, but for too many of us, somehow along the way we have intentionally or inadvertently created our own Have Not Called list. Life gets in the way, we grow apart, work is too demanding, our calendars are already jam packed, we have been on video calls and conference calls all day and just can’t make time for one more call. Our ears are sore, our voice is crackling, and we just need to hit the pause button.

Let’s back up eight months to when this pandemic became more real than many people had predicted.

As we were going through restrictions and quarantines, many families took advantage of the time to schedule family video conferences, bringing in aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends together as a way to stay in touch during a crisis. It was more than we had ever done before the pandemic came around. And it was awesome, tiring maybe, but awesome all the same…

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