Picture this. You finally get together with a classmate, having rescheduled three times. He opens the conversation with: “So, how are things, busy?” You run your fingers through your hair and tell him you can’t remember when you had a weekend off, you missed your kid’s concert, yada, yada, yada, and you end with “yeah, I’m crazy busy.”
Was his question just idle chitchat—or could he now be thinking that maybe he shouldn’t refer a plum piece of work to you?
Or picture it this way. You schedule a lunch with a classmate because you want to explore the possibility . . . [more]