No matter how much you plan beforehand, something will always go wrong. Usually, this isn’t such a problem because you can fix it and move on. What happens when the problem is too big to fix? Here are some tips on how to cover up a disaster:
Call the Pros to Clean Up the Mess
The easiest thing to do is to call the pros to fix what went wrong. In this day and age of the internet, there is a pill for every ill; you can find professional services for anything in the world. For instance, imagine that the architect and contractor you hired to build your house managed to mess up the plan royally. It is functional, but looks nothing like the house you all agreed on several months ago. This is where you call a professional fit out company. They will come to you, consult on your needs and transform the inside so much that visitors will never realize they are standing in a mistake.
Always Have a Backup Plan
Colloquially known as Plan B, this is supposed to take the place of Plan A if something goes wrong with the latter. It usually does. For instance, once your house is done and you are checking into interior design companies make sure that you check out at least 2 companies. Go with the one you prefer but always have a contact for the other company in your hand as you never know when you might need to call them for a patch up job. Check their portfolios, discuss prices and basically keep both companies on tenterhooks to make them understand that you may be coming to one of them in the future.
Learn to Bluff
This is not the most positive skill in the playbook but it is certainly useful. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is throw sand in someone’s eyes by lying to them. Bluffing is not an out and out lie; more like adding meaningless words around a meaningless phrase. You have to bluff in such a way that it sounds like the truth. For instance, if a client calls you up and asks you for a status report on the construction of the house you are overseeing (and you haven’t been to the site in weeks), then you should be able to manufacture that report and assure the client that the work is being done on schedule. It doesn’t become a lie because as soon as you send that report, you will call the site and get updated on the progress anyway. It’s not ethical, but it gets the job done.