Ever Been Stood Up?

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I spend way too much time on Facebook, I’ll admit, but sometimes another person’s posting is newsletter gold. Recently I’ve seen several people post that they’ve shown up for meeting only to be stood up. I, myself, have rushed to prepare for a meeting, only to have the person cancel last minute or not show up at all.

It’s only taken a few of these frustrating situations to put in place some protocols to help avoid them. Recently someone posted, “Don’t you hate it when you show up for a meeting, only to be stood up? And 7 AM too!”

I thought the following suggestions might be helpful:

  1. Be the person who initiates the calendar invite. Use both full names, and be sure to include the name of the place your meeting (and add the address or location). Also include the time and time zone — especially if it’s a phone meeting and you’re not in the same time zone. It could look something like this: Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 11.23.15 AM

  2. Confirm by email or phone the day before. Never assume someone received your original calendar invite, especially if you didn’t get a response message. But even if they did, they might not be as organized as you are (smile), so make it easy on both of you by confirming.

  3. Add your contact details to your email signature, including  your cell phone number. Or, alternatively, if you don’t want that information in your email signature, put it in the notes of the calendar invite. Let the person your meeting know that if they need to reschedule, they can text or call you.

  4. So you’ve been stood up, now what? Congratulations! You’ve got a “found hour,” and there are lots of things you can do with it! I always carry my Bullet Journal and my iPad. I can jot down notes of things I need to accomplish, review my goals, answer email, check Facebook (#grinning), or even read a book.

You can’t always avoid calendar challenges, but you can put in place some practices that will help you avoid most of them. Next week, I’m going to help you run your meetings like a champ, and  reschedule or cancel them and still come out smelling like a rose. Until then, have a great week!

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