Whenever I am involved in a new business relationship, I create situations that allow for split second efficiency on my part.  I will set up a ‘phone call for 9:30am and will call at precisely 9:30am.  If I promise to have a proposal or other document on someone’s desk first thing Monday morning, then that is when the document will arrive.

I will show up for an appointment exactly when I said I would.  Do this with any new business associates and they will assume that this is the way you conduct all your business affairs, and they will play along.  You’ll find you get the same prompt responses from them that they have come to anticipate from you.