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Would You Accept Free Tickets?

November 24th, 2016 Comments off

Everyone knows the saying, ‘if it is too good to be true, then it is’. However, that is not always the case.

I asked a friend to take my two extra professional sports event tickets along to the game with him. Instead of selling them, I requested that he give them to a parent and child that are lined up at the ticket kiosk to save them a few dollars.

He liked the idea, but it proved to be harder than it sounded.

He approached a few people offering them the tickets, but he was treated more like he had something up his sleeve, and the tickets were refused. He made it clear that the tickets were good and free, but people did not trust it.

When I spoke to my friend about this the following day. He questioned how in the corporate world, a company could present a service offering and the receiving company would proceed with trust without checking references of past clients.  However, in a social setting, an offer is questioned and refused. It reminded him of when he was younger with a small business. If he walked into a potential client’s office with a business card wearing a suit, he had immediate acceptance and credibility. If he walked into an interview with a resume, he was scrutinized.

What is it that causes trust vs. question, and why is it not practiced in business more often?

As for the free sports tickets, after trying a few people, a father with his son accepted them gratefully.

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