by James Clear
United Airlines has made a big mistake.
No, they didn’t ruin my flight. No, they haven’t lost me as a customer. No, their service wasn’t abysmal.
In fact, everything on my flight went fine — but they are still making a big mistake and they are making it thousands of times per day.
And the chances are good that you and I are making the same mistake as well.
What is this costly error? It can be found on the following napkin.
Do you see the mistake?
In between their nice little social media invitations, there is one glaring error. Do you see it? It’s pretty clear once you recognize it.
United doesn’t tell me where to go.
“Follow us on Twitter.”
Ok, great … but what do I follow on Twitter? @United? @UnitedAirlines? @UnitedFlights? What do I type in? You had me interested and now you lost me.
“Find us on Facebook.”
Well, you hit the nail on the head with this one. I will have to find you. I’ll have to search and stumble around until I find the URL. That’s too much work. Now I’m putting my phone back in my pocket. Why didn’t you just put it on the napkin?
United’s moves are well–intentioned, but they fall short in one critical aspect: they don’t make it easy for people to take the desired action.
And there is the lesson.
The number one way to succeed is to make it easy for the other person to do what you want.
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Do you see how powerful this approach can be?
People are lazy. They try to avoid a hassle whenever they can. If you make it easy for them to take a specific action, then they will be more likely to take that action.
The circumstance doesn’t matter. Just make it easy for the other person to make the decision you want.
What can you do right now?
The odds are pretty good that you could make it easier for people to take a desired action right now.
What are the barriers that are holding you and your business back? How can you make life easier for your clients? Your co-workers? Your boss? Your family and friends?
Go out there and do it. Make it easy on the other person and you will find success at a much higher rate.