A friend of mine has a luncheon at least quarterly, if not monthly, and invites business women from various industries. She opens her home and makes a luncheon to feed everyone to give them an opportunity to make a connection and do business with each other. When she does an invitation she normally sends it out 3 weeks in advance asking for a RSVP. This past luncheon she invited 58 people. Do you know how many RSVP's she received? Sixteen! Some just told her about it when she ran into them in a public situation and she asked whether they were coming.
What has happened to courtesy in this world today? This lady opens her doors, feeds a group, trying to promote businesses within the group, and not even half responded. Why? In my opinion, it is very unprofessional to not respond and to take someone for granted. If you are the person who receives an invitation, you should be proud someone would want to include you in their circle of influence and respond. Even if you cannot accept, at least recognize their efforts. In the past, I have held social gatherings and if I get no response to my invitation I do not invite again. Doors close when you treat people with little respect and lack of appreciation.
If you are reading this, do not be the person who does not respond. It may be your last invitation and as I have written before, you never know who you may meet and what doors may open at each social or business event you attend.
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