Warning – How you mishandle an RSVP can tarnish your professional image
RSVP etiquette epidemic
Does this drive you crazy? You’re trying to organize an event but when you send out the invites with an RSVP request, no one gets back to you. Okay, not no one, it just feels that way, but very few people get back to you.
Don’t people in business understand what RSVP means? Wikipedia describes an RSVP as an abbreviation for Répondez s’il vous plaît, or please reply (used at the end of invitations to request a response). This really translates to “Please, pretty please with sugar on top, let me know whether you’re going to attend or not attend, so I can make some plans.”
So RSVP or else…
Or else what? Or else you will damage your reputation by not responding.
What we think about people who don’t RSVP:
- They don’t value our time
- They don’t value us
- They are inconsiderate
- They’re not very reliable
- They’re not very professional
How to ruin your image
Wow, this is not the way to build relationships and your professional presence. Plus it makes it difficult to plan properly when people don’t respond in a timely manner, if at all. We’re left wondering if the reason they leave things to the last minute is that they don’t want to miss out on a better offer.
Even more important for volunteer events
It’s not just in a corporate or business setting. Professional Image tip – the way we ‘show up’ in our volunteer activities says more about us than any other role we accept. When you respond to my invitations, it means that I matter enough to you to demand some of your attention and that you value my time, it impacts trust.
BTW if you don’t like it when people don’t RSVP to you, for the sake of your own image make sure that you RSVP to others. So our image advice is the next time you receive an invitation, even if it’s weeks away, respond immediately yea or nay, it will make you stand out…in the right way.