In my second year after starting Markbeech Marketing and having had some good successes, I had a meeting with a group of folks at a very well-to-do financial firm (clients were $3mil+) to educate them on how to strategically use LinkedIn.
The meeting took a few months to put together as they all had very busy schedules and it was challenging to get them to commit to a date. Once we finally did meet it was very interesting how the morning presentation went.
One person was a complete no-show. Apparently, he is not comfortable with using the internet so I’m unclear whether he was unavailable or conveniently out at another meeting.
We waited about 20 minutes for the person with the internet connection (note to self: get a roaming internet connection) but eventually decided to start without him.
He showed up about 20 minutes later and then left after about 20 minutes.
Another attendee left about 10 minutes before the end of the presentation (but to her credit, she did tell me she had to leave early).
The whole thing was like a revolving door as one person came and another left. If there is one thing I have learned about the proper way to do business is that the #1 rule is: if you’re in a meeting, be there on time and be present.
Otherwise, you are telling people that their time is not as important as your time.