09 Sep 2018

Why Turning Up Makes Good Sense

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How often do you RSVP to an event and because it’s free to attend, you think its not a problem to pull out at the last minute or not turn up at all?

It didn’t cost you anything, so its no drama……There will be so many people there, they won’t miss you….you are just too tired to get in the car and go to that thing tonight…..next time, promise!

You’ve just denied yourself an opportunity to make a new contact, learn a new skill or even secure some business you wouldn’t have found any other way.

What you’ve also done is denied the organiser the opportunity to introduce you to that person who’s been so keen to meet you because they’ve never had the chance to get past your gatekeeper.

Perhaps worst of all, though, is that you cost that event organiser money and compromised the event and their reputation.  They catered for you, paid venue hire, maybe advertised it was sold out and told others they couldn’t attend.  You may have been one of 20 people who didn’t show for the same reasons as you .

By not turning up (or not giving adequate notice about your failure to show) you have disappointed someone who wanted to have you at their event.

You weren’t feeling well, you got held up at work, you just plain forgot, one of the kids got sick – what is the big deal anyway?  The big deal is that none of us likes to be stood up by a friend, a colleague, an attendee.

We all work hard and we often have to work just that little bit harder to gain acceptance, credibility and a “seat at the table”.

Next time you go to press accept, book, yes or ok, promise yourself you’re going to turn up.  That event that you think you just can’t get to could be the one that changes your life, makes you money, or perhaps just makes you laugh.

And if you don’t turn up, make sure you communicate with the event organiser the next day to apologise.  Don’t assume its no big deal. That’s just good manners and it makes good sense.