Counting Down The 10 Biggest Credibility Mistakes - #1

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Counting Down The 10 Biggest Credibility Mistakes - #1

Encourager-In-Chief: November 28th, 2018

#1: Signing up for an event and not showing up.

Whenever I go to a Chamber of Commerce mixer, the first thing I do is go to the sign-in table to let somebody know I’m there. The next thing I do is scan all of the nametags to see who else is registered for this event. I can’t tell you how many times I see the name of somebody I want to speak with who turns out not to be present at the mixer.

I deliberately do not call in and register for these events. I have my own professionally-made nametag which looks 100 times better than the paper nametags with the glue on the back that the Chamber provides. If something should happen and I am not going to be at a mixer, I will call the person who was expecting me, but my nametag is not going to be laying there for somebody to wonder what happened to me.

I’ve heard this so many times from customers. They tell me about one of my clients whose name tag was on the table out of the Chamber event but never showed for the actual mixer. Don’t be that guy! It only takes a few minutes to call ahead and preserve your reputation.

As with any event, if you commit to going, have the courtesy to show up. If you run into an unforeseen difficulty and you cannot attend, call the Chamber or the event promoter and let somebody know you will not be there. Most importantly, ask that they do not display your name tag so no one will wonder why you committed to coming to an event and then didn’t show up.

You never get a second chance to make a perfect first impression
- Dave Romeo

This excerpt is taken from my Focus, Follow Up, and Follow Through seminar.

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