In business, your relationship with time can make a statement about who you are and what your company represents. Being punctual, or even early, for meetings and appointments, shows that you are a professional who takes business seriously and reflects your business acumen. In short, punctuality is a big deal for the “big deals” in business.
Punctuality is an excellent strategy for attending networking events and can help you: have time to become relaxed when you arrive, prepare for engaging conversations with many professionals, see the space and have a good view of what the event will be like, have an opportunity to introduce yourself to the people hosting the event who will likely in-turn introduce you to other professionals arriving at the event. This simple strategy can really help to boost your networking skills.
Those who are punctual make the statement that they’re serious about the situation and that preparedness is a trait that should be embraced. Possessing strong time management skills aids in organization and productivity. Punctuality allows for time to prepare. Be the person who respects others time, and sets the example. Additionally, it will help add to your credibility and can ultimately gain you more esteem.
When you make that great first impression that you are trustworthy, it also makes your message credible and sincere. Set yourself up for success and make you and the company you’re representing look good. In the end, punctuality is a “big deal”.