Do What You Say

Maybe I’m old fashioned.

When I agree to do something, tell someone I’ll do something, decide to do something… I do it. Many times I wish I hadn’t agreed to do it, but I still do it. If something happens and I absolutely CAN’T do something I’ve agreed to do, I break my neck trying to let them know in as timely a fashion as possible.

I am apparently the exception, not the rule.

As many of you know, I do photography freelance when I’m not at my real job. I book lots of shoots. Sometimes I book them a month or more in advance. And I show up to them. About 20-30% of the time, the person who booked the shoot doesn’t show up. A majority of the time, they show up late. And not just a couple of minutes late… hours late.

When people book with me then decide not to show up, they NEVER let me know. They just don’t show (or show up uber late).

I understand that stuff happens. I understand that (even though it shouldn’t happen)… people forget things. But it’s not as though I’m not calling, emailing, texting, etc. to remind them, find out where they are, etc. Would it kill them to tell me “I forgot” or “I decided not to come” or “I’m running 4 hours late?”

I’m not sure when it became ok for adults to commit to things then flake out, but I don’t like the trend one bit. What a waste of my time.

  2 comments for “Do What You Say

  1. Livieloo
    June 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I agree! I feel like I’m the only person in my generation who RSVPs… and sticks to my word, or lets you know right away when I’m not going to make it.

    Being a woman of my word is important to me.

    I don’t know why people can’t grasp the idea of “common courtesy”.

    See you tonight!

  2. albannach
    June 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

    This EXACT problem exists in the personal training industry. And I agree with you; 100%. Can you please find a way to fix it? Thank you 🙂

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