Nipper, in regards to a deadline, it will really depend on if YOU have a deadline. Do you want to move onto some other partnership, with someone else? Do you have others to offer a partnership? Or do you want to wait around for these guys forever?
In order to come across "easy to work with." I would suggest outlining a loose deadline. (I am making up my own timetable for this example.) You could say, “You know, I am very interested in moving this idea forward. I got the impression you (them) were, if not ready, at least interested, in this partnership. I’m not looking to pressure you into a decision, but I need to continue moving forward. Please take some time to seriously think and discuss this situation with your colleagues. I will bring this up again in about two weeks. If you are ready, great! We can begin the process of partnership. If you are not ready or interested, I will need to move on. Of course you decision will not effect our current relationship.”
You may not use these exact words, but the point is to make it clear that you know they understand the situation (the presentation was provided earlier). You are also providing them a loose timeline which states you are ready and will soon move on.
If an ice cream shop offers .99¢ Sunday’s everyday, you may think… we’ll get one tomorrow… but tomorrow may never come… people are so busy… and we forget. On the other hand, if the ice cream shop offers .99¢ Sunday’s only for the next week, you are likely to place it higher on your “to do” list.
Have you ever observed retail stores stating “TODAY ONLY! BIG SALE!” Then about two weeks later… “TODAY ONLY! BIG SALE!”
They set a timeline. Then they will do it again later… those who missed the first sale, think to themselves. “Dang. I missed the first on, I better get to this one. They may not have another...
What do you think?
Vincent Wilcox (a.k.a. KRAKR)
My band: Letters Make Words