Kevin Willett discusses the importance of courtesy when you can’t make a meeting.
Last week one of my friends posted a question on social media asking how long you should wait for someone to show up for a coffee meeting. The consensus of the group was about 15 minutes. Now that makes sense to me, but I think it is more important to make sure that you are confirming your appointments and exchanging telephone numbers. I like to email my appointments the day of our meeting, just asking if we are still good as scheduled. I include my number in the email; in case something changes, so they can reach out to me. Texting is also a good way to confirm.
I do understand that things can happen as you are walking out the door and last minute situations may prevent you from keeping the appointment. It is never acceptable to just not show up for a meeting. This is extremely disrespectful. By exchanging phone numbers you can eliminate this issue from happening. You have my number. So you can call or text, no excuses. If you have a situation where you can’t make the meeting, let the other person know as soon as possible. A text message takes less than a minute to type out. You can then follow up later for a reschedule. If you don’t show up and then try to call and reschedule with me at some later point, I am probably no longer interested. Would you be?
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