Rainmaking Recommendation #38: It is not fashionable to be late

There are some people in this world who are always, chronically late. clocks

5 minutes here, 10 minutes there.

No matter what the event or appointment, they are always late.

However, being late is never acceptable.

When you are late, you are saying to other people that your time is more important than theirs.   This is not a favorable impression to make on anyone.

Being late also creates the impression that you cannot handle your schedule.

If you are too busy to make it to a meeting, a lunch appointment or a call on time, the person on the waiting end is going to be hesitant about trusting you with a legal matter that has time constrictions.   If it is a referral source, they may decide you cannot be trusted to treat the person they are referring to you with the respect they deserve.  You could potentially lose business because of your lack of ability to stick to your schedule.

Think about that last appointment you made with your doctor or hairdresser who kept you in the waiting room for more than 15 minutes over your scheduled appointment time.  You didn’t like that, did you?  Or what about the time you went to meet with someone new, a prospective client or referral source perhaps, who kept you waiting. What kind of impression did that make on you?

Your schedule is just as important as theirs, right?  How do you think they feel when you are late?

You have to find a way to stop this.  Whether it is the old trick of turning the clocks forward so that you are on time, or finding a way to stop doing what you are doing early enough to be on time.

If you do find that you are running late, or have gotten stuck in traffic, then please take the time to contact the appointment you have and let them know in advance.

Rainmaking Recommendations are sent the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  They are bite size tips that when implemented will cause you to make rain. To learn more about Rainmaking, Goal Setting and Achieving the Life you want as an Attorney please contact Jaimie B. Field, Esq.

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