We all love Dilbert, right? Lately, this one REALLY hits the mark for me:
Why? Because suddenly, everyone else’s time is more important than mine. Â Granted I’m a bit grumpy because over 25% of my meetings scheduled last week didn’t happen because the other party didn’t show. At all. No phone call, no nothing. But I digress….
If you register for a meeting, sign up to attend something, schedule a meeting with another person, or just tell a friend you’ll meet them for coffee and don’t, you are communicating a whole bunch of information in a very direct way. Â Clearly that event / meeting / coffee whatever WASN’T IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO REMEMBER. Â Have you ever known anyone who likes to be forgotten?
Also, schedule yourself so you have enough time to get where you need to be. Â Aren’t sure where you are going? Â Check a map site first and add 15 minutes. Â It is always better to be early than late. Â I used to work for someone who said if you aren’t early, you are late and he was completely right. Â If you have to be late and it is a group meeting, try not to draw attention to yourself. Â DO NOT sit down and start telling the person next to you why you were late! Â That disrupts the meeting in progress and makes you look worse. Â Instead, jump in and Â be present. Â The lateness is behind you.
I will now beg – plead – implore you. Â When you schedule a meeting or register for an event, put it in your calendar. Â Do whatever you need to remember. Â Review tomorrow’s calendar before stopping work today so you know where you need to be. Â And make the decision THEN if you can’t make it or if you are worried you would be late. Give the person some notice. Â Don’t call 10 minutes before the meeting to cancel – they are probably almost there. Instead, give them multiple-hours notice. Â If you are worried you might be late, set an alarm or ask a coworker to remind you to leave. Â I have gone so far as to set an alarm and explain to my prior meeting it will go off so I’m not late for the next meeting. Â I just let them know I’m sure we will be so engrossed in what we are talking about that I won’t pay attention to the time. Â How flattering is that?
Help yourself be on time and in the meeting so you get the benefits you wanted and make the right impression. Â Being late or standing people up makes a big statement on how you do your work!
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