Want to feel like an idiot? It's easy...so let me tell you how I did it today.
Nothing to it actually...I just dutifily checked my calendar and noted that I have a seminar to attend to get CEU credits and do some networking through the local SHRM chapter, HR Houston. I get cleaned up, put on some nice professional clothes (working from home, this is not my usual routine), check Google for directions, and head up the road to the site. When I check in with the receptionist at the nice professional firm hosting the event, she looks confused. She makes a few calls...and still looks confused. I pull out my smart phone and check the confirmation email I received from HR Houston this morning to get a contact name. Upon actually READING the email, it clearly is reminding me about TOMORROW'S seminar. Now who's confused? Well, clearly it's me. After making my apologies to the receptionist, and being very glad there was only one person in the lobby who I didn't know, hustled out of the building.
How does this happen? It happens, of course because we get busy putting things on our calendars then don't confirm the dates, then don't even bother to read the confirming email. Or, we get on a 2:00 p.m. conference call at 1:00 p.m. because our brain said it was 2:00 and we didn't bother to check our watch or look at the clock on the monitor. A strictly self-inflicted wound, but at least one that did no damage, other than to my pride. Fortunately, it was only fifteen minutes from home, as I would have been saying nasty words had I slogged through an hour or two of Houston traffic for naught.
Moral of this story? To err is human, especially when we don't pay attention to details.
Gosh, I hope that receptionist is taking a day of vacation tomorrow.