Let it be known that your foolishness has its effects even when you aren't directly involved! This morning I received a call with a CT exchange that my phone didn't recognize. Being the professional that I am I know that new customers will not be listed in my contact list, so I answer the phone. Oh yes, there you were Allen asking me about picking up a violin you had recently left for repair, but I was on to you immediately.
"I've been meaning to talk to you about that." I said. "Unfortunately I left it out in the yard and then ran it over with my car. I know it was only worth $10,000-12,000, so you're not out a whole lot of money. Your homeowners might even cover some of that."
There was a pause, then "Allen" said, "I didn't really think it was worth quite that much..." I then realized this was not my dear brother calling to harass me.
"I'm sorry!" I told the caller, "I thought you were my brother who seems to live to harass me and I figured a preemptive strike was called for!"
"I'm not sure I'd want to be your brother!" the caller said.
I switched directions, "We have your violin? I didn't think we had anyone's violin just now?" As it turned out he had dropped his fiddle off at Louise's place for a minor adjustment, which she did without bringing it into the shop, and he wanted to pick it up, but didn't have a phone number for her from the website. "Let me give that to you", I offered graciously. See, you just need to know how to behave in a professional manner to develop a great business reputation!