Many of us have recently made or had an ongoing goal to manage our time more wisely and to be more selective of the things that we sign up for. Well, hopefully you’ve made progress with that goal. One of the biggest places that we fall off of the wagon at is in the area of events. I mean, who doesn’t like to get an invitation to an event? The problem happens when we begin to accept all events without considering the 5 W’s. Why am I going? Where is it at? Who will likely be there? What will I get out of it? Will there be any value in attending?
Now truly, sometimes, you just want to go out, be social and not think too much about it. but embracing that thought process each and every time can surely be consequential to your time management improvement plan. The question that might be plaguing you is, how do I go about respectfully declining an invitation to an event?
Of course, the type of event that you might be declining needs to be considered. There is certainly a different way to respectfully decline a wedding invitation versus a regularly scheduled networking event. Here are a few tips to follow when considering your attendance at an event:
So, you’ve read about the three tips, Plan, Prepare and Engage and you’ve decided, you just can’t do them. Perhaps now, it’s time to respectfully decline. So, how do you do it?
Scarlet Says...There will come a time where respectfully declining an event invitation will be necessary. You cannot and probably should not even attempt to attend every event that you are invited to. Managing your time wisely and deciding, in advance, what you have the capacity and genuine general interest in attending will keep you focused and available to attend the truly important stuff and most important, present to respectfully engage with other people.
Until Next Time,
Imagine running late for a wedding ceremony. What do you do? Skip the wedding all together and just go to the reception? Lurk around the lobby and wait for the let out?
Actually this is one of those situations where you have to evaluate the whole situation to see what is the best decision.
If you really want to witness the ceremony, in most cases, you SHOULD wait until the ENTIRE bridal party has went down the aisle, including the bride. You can then quietly sneak into one of the side doors. Under no circumstances should you come down the middle aisle and cross the “sacred” wedding runner (if they have one).
Now your tardiness may mean that you have to sit on the most easily accessible side. Now is not the time to ask, “which side is the brides side”….just get in and quietly and quickly sit down.
If the venue had a balcony, hosts will likely direct you to sit there and you should happily comply and not try to strong-arm your way into the lower floor.
We all run late for stuff…it happens, but don’t interrupt an important day for your friends/family by not making the best decision on how to handle your tardiness.
…until next time…