I shared the texts with our Treasurer who then replied...
"I'm not gonna lie. She's weirding me out. I think we made a mistake."
I told him maybe she was just excited but in the pit of my stomach, I was feeling uneasy too. I tried to reason with her and sent an email, letting her know we are all volunteers and to please be patient because it had only been a few hours since we agreed.
But she kept trying to push things. And it went into the next day. When I woke up to more emails, texts and voicemails, I was about to pull the plug and start over.
I told the treasurer to please text me as soon as the payment was taken care of. And my husband said, "You should blog about this."
So here it is. A blog post about impatience ruining or risking a chance at success.
A little follow-up is good but expect at least a 24 hour turnaround during business days to be reasonable communication.
Keep healthy expectations in mind when closing a gig. Always expect the other half could cancel before contracts or payments change hands. And don't be pushy. Because you may actually ruin your deal and not even realize it was your own actions that destroyed your chances at success.
Always be a closer... not a stalker.