Of course! We have all done it! However, it’s important that you let the event host know that you will not be attending. Yes, that sounds like common sense, but unfortunately common sense isn’t so common these days.
Why is it so important? Here are just a few reasons…
- Event hosts, coaches, trainers, etc. put a lot of time into hosting events and preparing for your attendance. When you just don’t show up, it causes challenges not only with the event host, but also the other attendees.
- Professional etiquette – Yes, just that simple!
- It’s a matter of respect and integrity. As the old adage says “Treat others like you want to be treated.” When you just don’t show up, you are disrespecting the event host and compromising your own integrity.
John and I have been hosting events for over 16 years, and it still surprises as to what people will say when they cancel their attendance or our team follow-ups with them to see why they didn’t attend. Check out just a few things we’ve heard over the years…
- My car broke down – This could be a valid reason, and we would absolutely understand if this happened to you. But you should still call, text, or email the event host to let them know even if it’s after the fact. Plus our Team is so awesome…we would likely send someone to pick you up!
- I prayed about it… – Okay, if God told you not to attend an event, then that’s between you and your God. However, I highly doubt that God would tell you that not letting an event host know that you aren’t coming is okay. It’s actually lying especially when you have no intention of coming. Like my Moma always says, “There’s nothing worse than a liar!” While you might not consider it a lie, everyone else likely does and that will likely be the one thing that they remember you for. Ouch! I know it hurts but it’s true!
- I’m sick or my family member is sick – Once again, this is definitely a valid reason, and we completely understand. Plus no event host will want someone that is truly sick attending their events. However, if you use sickness as an excuse, and you really aren’t sick, then you better watch out. You will have what you say so make sure that you aren’t speaking sickness over yourself or your family.
- I have to work late – Another good reason. But it always strikes me a little odd that I typically get this excuse from someone that doesn’t have a job or own a business! Once again, what does that say about their integrity?
Okay, I could go on and on about why you should let the event host know that you are attending their event, but I think you get my point.
Here are three SIMPLE ways to let someone know that you won’t be attending their event or meeting:
- Pick up the phone and call – Even if no one answers, you can still leave a message.
- Send a text – Doesn’t have to be lengthy. “I won’t be attending tonight’s event” is fine. Make sure to include your name.
- Email – Most people have access to email 24/7 so this is another simple way to contact the event host.
Our team along with every other coach, speaker, trainer, etc. puts a lot of time and effort into hosting an event and making it special for the attendees so taking just a minute to let us know that you will not be attending is greatly appreciated.
Plus it doesn’t matter if it’s a paid or free event, the event host still expects for you to attend if you sign up and say that you will be there.
I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. LIVE events change lives!
Christie Di Lemme
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