I held a LinkedIn session for a group of underemployed professionals and made the point to the facilitator that I insist we start on time.

She agreed and after the housekeeping pointers, she introduced me. By the time I got to speak it was 15 minutes into the hour. I knew that would happen as we had already discussed that.

But what I was surprised by was that attendees were still arriving as I started speaking, and this continued for a while with the familiar “bing” that Zoom sounds when someone is invited to enter the Zoom room.

That reminded me of a monthly gig I had for a few years to teach other underemployed folks.

I always started on time.

Some of them arrived late (with mumbled traffic, kids, weather, etc. excuses interrupting my talk and flow), made a lot of noise as they sat down, and often this threw me off.

This forced me to comment to the group, and to every group after them, “would you arrive at a job interview late? Then don’t arrive here late. Start a new habit.”

Brash? I can be.

My point was well-made, I realized, with the ensuing sessions as they began to arrive early and were ready to learn as the big hand on the clock reached the beginning of the hour.

The same rules apply for LinkedIn Live video or audio events. Get there early, get ready to learn without distraction. Arrive to the Zoom chat with plenty of time to be admitted to the room and get settled.

It’s your choice. Be on time, OK?

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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