Christmas is just a few days away and I’m sure that many of you, like me, haven’t yet purchased any Christmas gifts. Yes – you can admit it; I won’t judge you! J Being late is something I’ve struggled with for the past few years, and it’s something I want to really get a handle on in 2014. I thought, though, that before I turn over this new leaf and become Ms. On-Time, I’d take a few minutes and share (tongue-in-cheek) some tips that I’ve noticed are helpful when you’re late to a meeting. Yes, yes – obviously the first thing you should do is be on time. But…for those rare instances when traffic, the children, your stockings, or something else keeps you back, you might find these useful.
- TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE. Check this right before you walk into the room. There’s nothing more embarrassing than being late, and then having your phone ring.
- If the door to the room has a window, peek in and scope out where you will sit, so you’re not climbing over people and drawing more attention to yourself.
- Walk in with your headphones or Bluetooth headpiece in your ears, so it looks as though you were on a call. But remember point #1.
- At some point during the meeting, make a SOLID point, so people realize you’re not an idiot. However, it’s VERY IMPORTANT that you wait until you understand fully what is going on, and have grasped what may have been said before you arrived, before you say anything. There’s nothing worse than being late, and then asking questions that were already answered, or saying something that six other people already said. At that point, people will write you off as an idiot.
That’s the old me, however! My new mantra for 2014 is:
Early is on time; on time is late, and late is unacceptable!
Have good meetings!