08/22/13

Anytime But On Time

Untitled1In college I worked for my cousin at his construction business.  We focused primarily on footings.  It was brutal work but I made a lot of money to help pay for my college education.

My cousin is well known and respected by other general contractors.  He has the reputation of being the best footings guy in the state and the only guy that keeps his word and would show up for a project when he says he will. As a result of his reputation and his ability to keep his word and show up on time, contractors from around the state refused to work with others and would hold off and delay projects until he could get his team there to do the work.

Contrast this to one of the concrete providers we used.  This concrete provider was a huge company and was the largest provider in the state.  In all my time working construction, I rarely heard the company referred to by its official business name.  Not just among the guys I worked with but also by other sub-contractors, contractors and others, the phrase, “anytime but on time” was always included with any and all references to the company.

UntitledIn my time working construction I can’t remember a single time that this company was on time.  My cousins would ridicule and tease the drivers and all they could do was sit there and take it.  They knew they were late and they heard the “anytime but on time” phrase hundreds of times a day but no matter how frustrated they got hearing it or how mad the owners and managers got of hearing it they couldn’t do anything to figure it out and actually fix the problem.

I learned a valuable lesson about being on time while working for him.  The ability to be on time and keep commitments is important to your long-term success and as in the case of my cousin can give you a competitive advantage over others in your industry. In my industry, public relations, the ability to meet deadlines and be on time is critical.  The press is always on deadline and if you can’t accommodate or meet their deadlines you’ll get left behind.

Here are some tips to arriving on time and not being branded as the person that can’t ever show up on time.

An inability to arrive on time is a sign of laziness and demonstrates that you don’t care or that a meeting or commitment is unimportant.  In the business world it can destroy your brand and reputation.   By being prompt and keeping commitments you built trust and demonstrate your commitment to your career, your clients and the others that you work with.

Jeremy KartchnerAbout Jeremy Kartchner

Jeremy Kartchner is a Partner at Snapp Conner PR and has more than 15 years experience in both technology and sports PR.  In addition to his responsibilities with Snapp Conner PR, Kartchner also works with the Utah Jazz as a member of its Game Night public relations staff where he is responsible for tracking and providing game time statistics for local, national and international media and conducting pre and post game player and coach interviews. He’s a sports fan, golfer, father of three, husband to one hottie, partially bionic, cavity free, Olympics junkie and wanna be blogger.

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