The Presumptive Close

On Feb 22, 2008, at 5:40 PM, Xxxxx Yyyyy wrote:

Dear Mitch: I would like to meet with you to discuss Zzzzzzz, an early stage social networking website for KKKKKK.

I’d like your advice on:
1) Fund-raising
2) Partnering with other companies/individuals

We’re based in Silicon Valley. When would be a good time to meet for 30 mins?

Dear Xxxxx,

I’m not interested in this.

Have you considered that some people, myself included, are offended by the presumptive close technique you employ, when you ask when would be a good time to meet? You’re presuming that the issue on the table is when I want to meet, not whether I want to meet at all. If I wanted to answer in kind, I would say: “How about never? Does never work for you?”. But I’m not that rude.

– mitch

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