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Chapter 4. The Visibility Hand > SUCCESS CARD 13: Arrive Early & Have Energy

SUCCESS CARD 13: Arrive Early & Have Energy

Arrive Early

The average person is on time. Winners are early. The winner arrives early for many reasons. If you're presenting at the event, you can review your notes and check the setup so that you can focus on mingling later. You also have a chance to select a good seat. Depending on the room size and the meeting intent, the best seat could be near the door where you can greet and chat with almost everyone who enters. Key information, which often passes before a meeting starts when people aren't on an agenda, could include facts and news items. It could also be impromptu observations of people and events that will really help you understand the politics of the situation.

“I met the key players.”

I learned to arrive early at any new association meeting because board members are usually there at that time. The first time, it happened accidentally. I had the meeting start time wrong and arrived half an hour early. However, there were the main leaders—preparing the registration table and checking with the hotel, and I was able to take a few extra minutes to present a card and clarify my interest in the group. Then I asked if there was anything I could help with. They asked me to help people find the coatroom. It was a great way to meet people. Later, I could refer to our meeting in my follow-up note.

Julie, sales representative for a graphics firm



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