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November 29, 2013

How to be on time for appointments

People hate to wait. They hate to wait in line, they hate to wait for the bus, they hate to wait for a package being sent in the mail. This is such a basic fact of human nature that it genuinely surprises me to find that I am sometimes kept waiting for people who have promised to meet me at a certain time. No, waiting five minutes isn't going to kill me, but I spend those five minutes thinking how incredibly rude the other person is. And when they do show up, whatever else they do is tainted by the feeling that they have no respect for me.

Being on time for appointments won't solve all of your problems, but it's a good piece of the overall puzzle of success. And if you're the kind of person who claims to be "always late, but worth the wait", sorry, you aren't.

Of course, you can rush like crazy. Going over the speed limit, running red lights, endangering traffic and pedestrians. But I really wish you wouldn't. It's not smart, and besides, it doesn't work. This is what works:

Be fifteen minutes early to every appointment. If you say you are going to be somewhere at 2 PM, plan to be there at 1:45. This is what is known as the technique of "if you're not early, you're late". Bring along some "busy work", or learn to play "Angry Birds" on your cell phone if you're concerned about what to do while you wait. Yeah, remember, people hate to wait, so you may already be resisting this. If you're chronically late a half-hour, move your arrival time up that much. Then sit there waiting. It will feel like forever. Now you know how the person waiting for you felt.

I was fortunate to learn this technique early in life. It is absolute magic, especially for sales. And it is so rare, you would think that it was some kind of secret. It's not. Use it.

Now go be successful!

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