is very important. You show respect to yourself, to the person you are meeting with. Nowadays it is very common to call people and tell them this ugly “I’m running late”. If you are among those who tend to always run late, I’m here to tell you that this shows total disrespect to the person you are supposed to be meeting with, whether it is your friend, your colleague, a business meeting, your hairdresser, your boss or your assistant.
When you book any meeting, make sure that you can actually be there on time. An easy trick, is to block your calendar an hour ahead. This way if someone else needs to see you that specific day, you can say that you are available until an hour before your next meeting.
I’ll give you an example:
|11:00 am Business Meeting|
|12:00 pm actual meeting|
|2:00 pm doctor’s appointment|
|2:45 pm actual appointment|
|5:00 pm hairdresser|
|5:45 actual appointment|
This way you will never overbook yourself, you will never schedule meetings on a day that you have too much to do and you will never run late.
Make it a habit to be 5 minutes early. This shows total respect, and organizational skills on your part. Sure we would like to schedule 24 meetings in 24 hours, but it simply can’t happen.
If you run your own business and expect people to come to you at a specific time, NEVER make any other appointments. It shows lack of interest, lack of respect and bad business ethics. If you do that, do not expect other people to respect your time, or to work hard for or with you.
Make the effort. You will only win respect and loyalty!