The one who precides the meeting is 20 minutes late! =P

@chiyosan (29388)
Philippines
February 6, 2013 4:32am CST
As you all may have already known ( i did share it here that we have a project and our company contracted consultants to discuss some items) that we have hired third party consultants to help our business, for the last couple of months we have been with a meeting with them and all. Our team is dedicated to the project and fully supports all meetings and worshops. My rant now, however is the lack of drive from the consultants - they would call a meeting at 9 am, our company representatives are all here now waiting for them (consultants) but they haven't even arrived and no one has set up the presentation and all. so, our meeting will probably be extended because of this. I wonder, what's up with these people? We are their clients and why would they arrive late when they have set up a meeting at 9, my take is that we start 9:05 the latest. argh this is really frustrating. I have meeting at noon so if we end late i would have to miss a lot of discussion topics when i leave for the other meeting.
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7 responses
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
That is very unprofessional of them They should have thought if coming on time. It is not only them that you have to deal with on that particular day, and they should be aware of that. I hope that they do present something reasonable, useful and helpful for your company despite the delay.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
hi there jenny, actually they came in late, but then the preciding officer did not know her product very well. :D she was talking in there and then her peers were always interrupting her to sort of lead us into the right direction during the discussion.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
What a waste of time! Why did they have that person become the presentor when she knows nothing about the product? Don't tell me that your office still took the services of the consultants?
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
view as function - facebook view as functionality.
i don't know! their head was there already and when she came in she said oh have we set up already??? i dont know if she was talking to us or her team who was all over the place!
@KrauseHome (33878)
• United States
23 Feb 13
Oh how this is annoying!!! These are the same type of people if they were there first waiting for you, they would make a big deal out of it, but when they are late they just act like it is no big deal, and usually take their time knowing they are running late. I think no matter where you go in life and in Business you run into people such as this, and it would be better if they could show a little more respect.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
26 Feb 13
That is my point exactly, I feel that they were not taking the whole thing seriously and they would call for a meeting and everyone is attending as well. The least they can do is actually that they give us respect for our time... right? =)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
Cancel your appointment with them. In dealing a business, one must be professional enough. At this point they are not professional. They can't be trusted. You are their customer and they don't value your personal time, How much more? on time you are not directly involve but will have a devastating effect on business if mishandled in the future.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
hi there, i do agree with you, but really the decisions on this matter is out of our hands, we are but only employees in the company too. i sure hope that the next couple of meetings we would never have such delays anymore.
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
5 minutes is precious. Being late does not show professionality on their side. I am sure if the same thing happened to them they wouldn't appreciate it either.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
this is true, they said sorry but my thought way that they should have adjusted it prior if they weren't ready. the company is paying for their services and the least is to be punctual and ready for a presentation when they said they would.
@sshiva95 (77)
• India
7 Feb 13
Maybe you've paid them upfront or your heads aren't stern enough to tell them to be punctual. There might also be a chance because of a monopolistic attitude i.e you can't go anywhere else to get the job done and have to depend on them
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
oh no not yet, i think if there are no sign offs, they won't be paid just yet. he he oh well we have to be talking and ocnfirming more things about this, though. :D CHeers!
@topffer (31210)
• France
6 Feb 13
It is a matter of culture. In the area where I am now, nobody would complain for 15 mn late, but in Eastern France 1 mn late is not conceivable. Anyway you have had enough time to start a discussion here and it was the best you can do : it is useless to risk a stomach ulcer. In this case, I read and respond to my emails, and I visit twitter or play a game on my phone...
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
Hi there! topffer, i think this is true, it can be all about culture, but then they should have thought of this as something that they must need to take into consideration. since we are not the same as them, we aretheir clients, etc they should have made adjustments as well. thank you!
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
6 Feb 13
Hi, May be this consultant is engaged elsewhere. However the practise is not good as if they don't value time (theirs as well as others) how can they keep their words and how can they conclude the project on time. This mean they are not working as you wanted. It is best to cross check the time of meeting a day before or before leaving for the meeting venue. You may call them or text them to reconfirm about the time so atleast your 'waiting' time is saved and utilized in other work.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
If it was a meeting for something not as important as this, i would say people would not mind being late foir a couple of minutes, but then this meeting was set by themselves so if they have set it that means that the time is already convenient for them, right? it just shows that they do not value the time of people in the meeting and as you have said, it is showing that they are not as much as we are interested in the project to be finished on or before the deadline.