Several months ago a prospective client contacted me to set up an initial consultation. We agreed to meet over coffee in a nearby café. But when I showed up at the appointed time, I discovered that she had brought a couple of girlfriends along. She explained that she had double-booked herself and wondered if I’d mind if her friends joined us. If her friends were interested in the services my company offers, I wouldn’t have minded, but it was clearly a social visit and the three of them kept chatting about their personal lives. I felt like I was in the way and frankly, it was disappointing that she hadn’t prioritized our meeting, or called to reschedule our plans once she realized she had other plans. Needless to say, we didn’t end up working together.
I know a few people who are guilty of constantly making lots of plans without bothering to check their schedule. They say “yes” to everything, but then wind up disappointing others because they inevitably have to cancel at the last minute, or try to merge their plans somehow. It shows a lack of consideration—people’s time is valuable, and it’s hurtful and annoying when someone you’ve made plans with completely forgets about them or tries to cram you into their other engagements.
Next time you commit to something, check your calendar to make sure there’s no conflict. Input the date into your planner or iPhone and don’t be quick to squeeze in other appointments. Nobody likes a flake!