Business Advice -
Killing Your Business With Bad Behavior

If you watched the Real Housewives of Atlanta episode that aired on 01/31/2016, then you watched a business meeting go awry!
In a BIG way!

And in my opinion, I watched the head of a business Kill It with their Bad Behavior!

So today's blog entry is going to talk about that!

Bad Behavior
Culprit: Kenya Moore
1. She accepted a meeting invite and did not attend, nor did she call
        to inform her potential client/employer that she would not be
        able to make.
2. She blew off a business meeting for a non-emergency and to spend
        time with a guy.
3. She did not reach out to her potential client/employer to
        reschedule the meeting.
4. She did not create a proposal to show to her potential
        client/employer when she finally did meet with her.
5. She blamed the potential client/employer for not rescheduling a
        meeting that she blew off.
6. She verbally attacked the other "vendor" that her potential
        client/employer hired.

How her behavior KILLED her business
1. Not attending a meeting and not calling to inform Cynthia that she
        would not be able to attend, says that
        A. She's not dependable.
        B. She's not respectful of Cynthia's time or business venture.
2. This showed Cynthia that business is not a priority. Engaging in
        personal activities is more important that exploring new
        business opportunities.
3. Being she was the one to "blow off" the meeting with Cynthia,
        without proper notification, it was her responsibility to schedule
        a replacement meeting to present her ideas to Cynthia.
4. A complete proposal should have been written up prior to the
        meeting that was blown off and definitely should have been
        written prior to flying to Jamaica, and the fact that she showed
        up to the meeting in Jamaica without a completed proposal
        shows that she did not take Cynthia's business seriously and/or
        didn't feel like it was worth her time to formally create a
        proposal.
5. You do not antagonize your potential client/employer by telling
        them that they "dropped the ball" in not scheduling a follow up
        meeting. That was not Cynthia's responsibility, and also shows
        Kenya's lack of respect for Cynthia and her business.
6. Throwing a "temper tantrum" and verbally attacking the owner of
        the business that was awarded the contract in front of the
        potential client/employer without provocation is very
        unprofessional to say the least. It also says to the potential
        client/employer that they do not know how to make a sound
        decision about their business when it comes to hiring
        vendors/employees.

Proper Behavior
1. If you are unable to attend a scheduled business meeting, the
        proper behavior is to call the person you are meeting with to
        inform them that you are unable to make it. This call should be
        placed at least 2 hours before the meeting is to take place,
        especially if you are not meeting at that person's office space so
        that they do not travel to the meeting location unnecessarily.
2. The only acceptable reasons to not attend a scheduled business
                meeting are
        A. Medical Emergency
        B. Family Emergency (husband/children/parents stranded/in
                danger)
        C. Car breaks down
        D. Severe Weather
3. If you are unable to attend a business meeting and are unable to
        reschedule at the time of the cancellation, then it is your
        responsibility to reach out to your potential client/employer and
        schedule another meeting as soon as possible.
4. When meeting with a potential client/employer, you should
        always have any required written material prepare at least 24
        hours prior to the meeting so that you are prepared and appear
        professional.
5. Potential clients/employers are not going to chase you (at least
        they will rarely chase you), so it is up to you to reschedule a         meeting you were unable to attend. This shows professional and
        that you are truly interested in the business venture you will be
        discussing.
6. It's always business, never personal when in a business meeting.
        The best way to "defeat" your competition is to show up to the
        meeting professionally dressed, completely prepared proposal
        with copies for the person you are meeting with, and be ready to
        answer any questions asked and provide references or
        recommendations for past clients/employers.

Kim Fields also demonstrated proper business etiquette/behavior by:
        A. Addressing her comments to Cynthia (for the most part)
        B. Removing herself from the meeting once it became obvious
                that the conversation was getting out of hand
        C. Not engaging in a physical altercation with Kenya when she
                pulled her chair

Don't Kill your business with Bad Behavior.

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