We all know that whether it’s a great fishing story, hunting story, or business deal the details are often a bit fuzzy and seem to only get fuzzier over time. It’s usually not that big of a deal and just like with fishing stories some exaggeration is expected even in business (plus or minus 10%). However, if you stretch the truth too much or too often it’s very likely to result in a loss of credibility that may be impossible to recover from. So what do you do if you find yourself in the position of getting caught adding some size to that deal you landed in order to impress a new client or to get a new job?
Nobody is perfect and there will be times when you honestly don’t remember the details as well as you may like. If the details are fuzzy then wait and get back to anyone that is asking questions until you have the facts or clearly tell them “don’t quote me on this” because then you have at least set their expectations properly.
In the end having the integrity to come clean and reel in any exaggerations will pay off in catching way bigger fish/deals down the road. If somehow telling the truth is a problem then frankly that’s probably telling you a lot more about the person listening than it is about you. Guard your integrity as you would your life because otherwise people are just not going to want to have you in there boats.