We’ve all done it. Went out for a few drinks and a few laughs, and the next thing you know—wasted. And as long as you aren’t getting behind the wheel, no harm no foul, right?
Let’s be real for a second. Who doesn’t think it’s the best idea to text/Facebook/Gchat someone after a few too many? For whatever reason, it seems like the best idea at the time. Of course, if it really was a good idea, there wouldn’t be sites like www.textsfromlastnight.com.
I’d even argue that drunk dialing is the best option if you are going to insist on communicating with people who aren’t right there with you when you’re inebriated. Why? Because there is no record of it. But when you text or anything like that, you leave a paper trail that often won’t disappear.
When Drunken Use of Technology Collides with Your Business
It’s one thing to drunk text your ex or accidentally call your mom. But imagine if you accidentally got a hold of one of your clients. Talk about a nightmare.
Well that’s exactly what happened to a friend of mine recently who runs his own SEO article writing business. The other night I was awaken by a text that said, “check your email now.” Here’s what I found. Names have been changed to protect the innocent:
“My drunk ass was trying to Gchat Jason and accidentally clicked on a client. The following is what took place:
11:46 PM me: hahaha. oh my gosh. i was trying to click on my friend’s name. he played a prank on me in my apartment, and i was going to give him a hard time.
11:49 PM Rob: who is this?
no worries man
I’ve done something like this many of times
11:50 PM honestly, pretend it never happened because I think it’s funny
done worse myself
11:51 PM happy hour beers
Rob: luckily it was a guy and not a girl
imagine IMing a girl
and trying to explain that one
me: hahahahah, literal lol’ing
thank God you’re cool about it
Rob: haha yeah man I could care less
anyone who would get mad about that sucks
and needs to loosen up”
Okay. So any part of me that was pissed for being up in the middle of a work night reading my email was long gone by now. I was literally LOLing my butt off. True story.
What We Can Learn from This
Anthony got lucky. He made a colossal mistake that could have cost him a pretty important client. In his intoxicated state he accidentally clicked on the wrong name and proceeded to cuss at a paying customer. And not only that, but let’s face it, there’s no way the guy bought the “my friend played a prank on me and I was giving him a hard time” thing. Obviously, Anthony was bombed.
Luckily, his client seemed to be a kindred drunken spirit. But it’s safe to say that not all clients would take it this well. In fact, this sort of behavior could make you appear untrustworthy, incompetent, and downright unprofessional.
So what can we do to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen? Stop drinking.
I literally LOLed again.
So that solution is out. Now what? Well, perhaps separating our business contacts from personal? Or better yet—keep a separate business email address and don’t add business contacts to your Gchat!
Of course, that won’t keep you from accidentally texting them.
Best bet? Don’t hit the technology when you’ve been drinking. Instead, go home and go to bed.
Have you ever done something similar? How’d you handle it?