Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Scott Ingram over at The Network In Austin Blog had a good post a couple of months ago about being respectful to others. It should go without saying in the business world, but so many people fail in this regard, that apparently we all need reminders from time to time.
Scott has seven simple tips that you should do when attending meetings with people clients, network contacts and your social friends:
*Arrive at your appointments on time, even a couple of minutes early
*If you’re running late for a meeting, call
*Don’t answer your cell phone
*Don’t take anyone for granted
*Do what you say you’re going to do
*If you screw up, apologize and give people a second chance.
I think that often times we all get so caught up in our own stuff that we forget about others feelings. I am amazed how often people will cancel a lunch meeting at the last minute by saying that something has come up. This translates to "something more important than YOU has come up".
I try very hard to treat all my appointments as important. If someone else wants that time slot I do not judge it against who is "more" important. I say I am busy and suggest another time. There is always another option.
Sometimes things pop up that are out of your control, like your boss moving a meeting or sending you to an out of town meeting. In that case you will have to reschedule. But this is more of the exception. Usually you CAN keep control of your own schedule.
Treat everyone with respect....ALWAYS.
Have A Great Day.