Counting Down The 10 Biggest Credibility Mistakes - #7

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Counting Down The 10 Biggest Credibility Mistakes - #7

Encourager-In-Chief: October 17th, 2018

#7: Showing up late for an event when you were supposed to bring something.

I love putting on events—be they fishing tournaments, seminars, mixers, or cookouts. But one thing I’ve learned through experience is if there is something I absolutely need in order for the event to go off without a hitch, I need to make sure I bring it myself.

Years ago, our family was planning to get together on Christmas Eve. We were meeting at a relative’s house. Naturally, the host asked each of the guests to bring something. Unfortunately, the host asked her sister to bring the serving plates for the main course. In our family, it is well-known that her sister and husband tend to be notoriously late for social events. On this particular evening, they were more than an hour late, which meant the guests couldn’t eat until they arrived.

Of course, once they got there, it was embarrassingly clear to the tardy couple and all the other hungry guests what had happened and who was to blame. This entire situation could have been avoided by making sure that they either arrived on time or dropped off the serving plates and trays earlier in the day or even the day before so no one else would be inconvenienced by their delay.

You can avoid making a similar embarrassing entrance by doing a little pre-planning and taking responsibility when you commit to contributing to an event for which other people on counting on you.

My first two jobs were working as a teller in a bank and as a delivery driver for Chicken Delight. What I learned from these two experiences is that people never want to be kept waiting for their money or their food.

People will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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