I’ve been hoodwinked! You know…hornswoggled, duped, bamboozled, TRICKED!
Yes, I was tricked the other day. I am sure you are wondering what happened so let me explain…
My wife and I are part of a local non-profit. There other day, they sent out a notice that there was a meeting happening about one of the big changes happening with the organization. It was presented as information and my wife and I felt good about being in the ‘in the know’. In the back of my mind, I figured there was something else to it, but decided ‘what the hey’ and we went.
Sure enough, as we were in the meeting, we quickly realized they wanted our help to call other people who had been associated with the non-profit before. All in all, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I don’t mind calling people I don’t know, but I couldn’t help but feel I had been tricked into showing up.
Would we have been less likely to show up if we knew it would require some awkward conversations? Probably. Would we still have shown up? Also probably. Will I be highly skeptical next time they have a ‘meeting’? Very much yes.
Even though, it resulted in what they wanted/needed this time, I think it could end up hurting them in the long run. What would have been an even better way of inviting us would be to explain why they needed people to call and how it would help the organization. I think it would have been a better way to approach it and probably would have still gotten my wife and I there without feeling like we were tricked.