Hi everyone, hope you’re keeping as well as can be.
I frequently find myself in the situation where someone contacts me to enquire about my availability for lessons, and I offer them a slot, or maybe two possible slots if I have any vacancies. Then I don’t hear back from them and assume they weren’t interested or changed their mind, so I offer that slot to the next person. Then the first person contacts me again a week or two later saying they would like the slot I offered them, so then I have to explain that it has gone to someone else, and I feel bad for not waiting. The thing is, I can’t afford to keep vacancies open indefinitely (I’m sure most of you feel the same), and often people don’t bother to reply and I never hear back from them again when I offer them a slot, so I just have to offer that slot to the next person who is interested. If someone takes a long time to reply when I offer a slot, I have no way of knowing if they are ever going to reply.
How long do you normally keep a vacancy open? When you offer a time to a new enquirer, do you give them a “deadline“ to let you know, (I.e. “let me know by such and such date”) whether they would like the slot? I’m beginning to think I should say to all new enquirers that I will only keep open the slot that I’ve offered them for X amount of time before offering it to the next person. This happens too frequently where people either don’t reply and let me know they don’t want the slot, or they take so long to get back to me that I’ve already offered it to someone else.