RSVP Etiquette Refresher

Do you know what the RSVP etiquette is? Do you RSVP properly? Over the last few years I’ve noticed some things that were a bit disturbing. You make plans to do something, then you either don’t show up and/or you don’t let the other person know. Or worse, you show up and didn’t tell them you would make it.

Do you know why people send invites and request you to RSVP? Or to reserve your spot? It’s actually quite simple. It’s the head count for whatever event they are holding. When you say “Yes I’ll be there.” you are counted for many things. Could be for food, workbooks, giveaways, or just seating.

I’m a very firm believer of letting your yes mean yes, not your yes mean no. You don’t understand how that reflects on your brand and your business if you were a business owner. Your brand is not just for business, but for your personal life too. You are your brand. When you make plans to do something with and/or for someone, you should follow through. Can you imagine being invited to a closed and private event one of our former presidents held? Or the owner of a huge Fortune 500 company? A great moment right? Of course it is! Guess what!? You didn’t RSVP stating you were coming. Because of that you were not on the list and could not attend. Heartbreaking! Maybe you took a friend with you thinking it would be okay, now you have to make a choice, go in without your friend or not attend at all.

There’s nothing worse then doing business or planning events around people that think it’s okay RSVP and not show or to not RSVP and show up. Yes, I understand completely that there are unforeseen occurrences that may befall us. Those are understandable. However, let’s take a moment and discuss something that you have no control over verses those that you do have control over.

Something you may not have control over is a health issue, your job, in some cases the weather. Things that YOU control would be double booking events, not using your calender or want to do something else.

When you give your word, do everything in your power to keep your word. If you RSVP yes and can’t go, let them know. If you don’t RSVP or RSVP no, than realize you can make it, let your host know. If you are bringing a guest inform your host to make sure it’s okay. It’s that simple.

What are your best practices with RSVP? Leave your thoughts in the comments.