You’ve got a meeting in ten minutes.
You could leave your desk now and make your way to the conference room, or you could just sit at your desk and continue working for another fifteen minutes before making your way to the meeting.
What should you do?
In this post, I offer a few good reasons as to why you should arrive on time to meetings and appointments.
You can get settled in comfortably.
Would you rather arrive to a meeting rushed and frantic, or cool, calm, and collected?
Arriving on time to meeting does have its benefits. You have time to collect your thoughts, get your materials and notes organized, and compose yourself before the meeting begins.
If you always feel like you’re on the defensive when you’re at a meeting, try arriving a few minutes earlier to get fully settled in.
Use the restroom, get a cup of coffee or tea, or just relax for a few minutes.
You’ll stand out from the crowd.
These days, lateness seems to be in style. Who knows exactly why this the case, but let’s forget about everyone else for a moment and just focus on you.
Have you ever wanted to stand out from the rest of the crowd, and show others that you are different…namely, capable and reliable?
If you’re looking to make a good impression on someone, anyone, arriving early to an appointment shows you are downright capable of managing your time.
You’ll be seen as someone who takes their time, and the time of others, seriously.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CALENDAR.
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You give your schedule the respect it deserves.
Arriving purposefully late to a meeting is the same as saying your time isn’t valuable.
If you can’t make it on time, what are you saying about the rest of your day? Does that time really matter? Does it even count?
Besides, what’s the point of keeping or setting a schedule if you’re not going to follow it?
This might seem harsh, but frankly, it’s the truth. Isn’t it about time you showed both yourself and your schedule some respect by arriving on time?
How about you? What other reasons can you give to support arriving on time to meetings? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!