It's always funny how doctors make the worst patients. In a way, it's the same for meeting planners. We often make the worst attendees.
Take RSVPs, for example. When we, as meeting planners, get an invitation to a supplier event and the invite clearly says RSVP, you'd think we'd be the first to respond, especially when we dislike it when our own attendees don't do it. After all, RSVP comes from the French, meaning "Please Respond."
Although it's becoming more common to see Regrets Only, it still begs the question of why planners don't RSVP when we expect our attendees to. Suppliers do it for the same reason we do. They need to know so they can plan accordingly. Just like us, they have put time and money into this event and want everyone to have a good time.
Think of it from your point of view. What happens when someone doesn't RSVP and then shows up? It gets messy. Food might run short and/or get more pricey, room to move becomes a premium and any swag to be given away becomes as desirable as Santa Claus at Christmas.
What's even more surprising is that as we use social media and email more and more for events, you would think we would be receptive to it when it's targeted at us. It's pretty hard not to reply to a Facebook RSVP, especially since they send reminders. We've become too blase about so much: Let's have lunch. I'll call you next week. Let's grab coffee.
I'm one of those that when someone says they'll call and they don't I feel disrespected. When I say it, I mean it and then do it, even if the "call" is by email, chat or text. I also RSVP. I can't bear the thought of someone having to go through what I do when I invite someone and they don't RSVP. After all, when you ask for a reply you want people to acknowledge it.
What's your pet peeve?