Networking HQ BLOG with Larry James

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gonna Be Late? Please Call Ahead!

Recently I met someone at a networking event that I wanted to get to know better. I was happy we met. She said she was excited to get together. The next day I made a follow-up call and we agreed on a time and place to meet. She said, “You’re on my calendar. I’ll see you on Wednesday.”

late2I almost always try to arrive at least 10 minutes early. When the time came for her to arrive, I waited and waited and continued to sip my soft drink, waited some more and after about 25 minutes I decided to leave.

She never showed up.

My whole attitude about her changed in that 25 minutes. I decided that I would wait for her call to see what happened.

She never called.

I know now that I would never refer a lead to her or refer her to any of my networking friends. What a shame. I saw great potential in working together.

It is so important to be reliable. It’s so important to keep your word.

When you and a friend agree to meet somewhere, don’t be late, and do not stand them up.

HOT TIP: If you’re not going to make it on time or make it at all, call them as soon as you realize it. Apologize and ask to reschedule. Don’t make them wait for you unexpectedly; it’s rude, and it is certainly not a good way to launch a potential networking friendship.

When you say you’ll do something, do it. Be someone that people know that they can count on.


Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Adapted from Larry’s latest book, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Networking Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”

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