February 14, 2017 Feranmi Oguns

Business X Personal

Have you had a working relationship grow into a friendship but found it difficult to differentiate the two?

If your answer is YES, well you’re not alone. ME TOO. I admit it can be a challenging dynamic to figure out. I think being able to have a healthy working relationship and friendship is an incredible thing and I do encourage it always.  You might be thinking that I’m about to give you some answers…maybe not. I certainly do however have 3 keys that I hold dear when trying to maintain a healthy business + personal relationship.


Q: Am I taking advantage of someone else or am I being taken advantage of?
It’s ok to need help, we all do at some point or another. However it’s absolutely healthy to ask if the request is as a favour to a friend or if you’re being hired for a job. Sounds simple I know, but it’s really easy to get confused and you could potentially rub people the wrong way if you aren’t clear.


Q: Do I feel like I need to say yes just because a friend/potential client is asking?
One of the worst things in our line of work is to over promise and under deliver. It’s ok to be honest about your abilities & capacity. Honesty goes a long way in our industry. If you are unable to meet a deadline, be honest about it and communicate it. What’s the worst that can happen?


Q: Is the persons view of me going to change based on my decision?

If they genuinely respect you and your work, your CLEAR + HONEST response will be absolutely valuable to them. How you respond to a request should always be with respect and in turn you will be treated with respect.

I’m sure these may seem like no brainers but a reminder is always helpful right? Lastly I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes;

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”– Dale Carnegie


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Feranmi Oguns

As well as being an in-demand drummer, songwriter and producer, Fez runs OL music- a creative hub and production house based in central London, covering every aspect of music creation and delivery

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