I’ve had a lot of members tell me that the only thing that prevents them from attending the meetings is when they have to meet with a potential client. This is the attitude of a successful professional.
Others have said, “It was the only time I could meet my client.”
Sorry, I don’t buy it! You let the group down when you don’t attend. And you stand the chance of creating the impression that you don’t stick to your commitments. Would that impression inspire anyone to give you a lead?
One of my long-term members won’t give a lead to anyone who is not in attendance. It doesn’t matter how hot the lead is or whether it’s time sensitive. If for some reason you know you’re not going to be able to be there, let someone who is going to attend know that you’ll be absent. Never miss an opportunity to let others know that you are concerned about the group.