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*****Calgary French Rendez-Vous

From: Kichiji
Sent on: Saturday, December 15, 2007 7:31 PM
Hello, everyone.

Please read at least as far as the fourth line. Thank you.

In this message:
-meeting dates and venues.

There are two meetings in the near future. The first will take
place on Wednesday, January 9th, at 7:30pm, at Steeps Urban Teahouse,
880 16th Av SW. The second will take place on Friday, January 25th,
at 7:30pm, at Nanta Karaoke and Bar, 512 - 6th St SW.

These are 25, and 41 days from now.

Please go now and RSVP at:

Please go now and vote in our polls at:

Normally, more than 90% of us that RSVP "YES" actually do show up at
the meetings. However lately the accuracy of our RSVPs has
plummetted. We have had meetings lately where 40 or 50% of our
"YES"s did not show up. We even had one
event where 75% of our "YES"s did not show up. This is evil,
eeeeeeeeeeviiilll, I say!

Our normal rate of no shows, 8 or 9%, is acceptable, and is about
the rate that life happens. Sometimes at the last minute we
suddenly can't make it to a meeting, and we don't have a chance to go
back to the site and change our reply to " NO".

More than 10% is unacceptable and avoidable. Let me tell us how.

Think of our RSVP as a prediction, and a prediction that the
organiser and the other members use.

There are ways to make our prediction more accurate.

The best way to make our RSVP accurate is to RSVP "YES" and then
commit to the meeting. If we RSVP "YES" and then make certain that
we do indeed show up, even if a truck runs over our legs, and we
have to drag ourselves to the meeting with our arms, then our
prediction will be 100% accurate.

Another thing we can do is to go back to the site four or five days
before the event and check that our response still reflects the
likelihood of our attendance. If not, we can, and should downgrade
our response to a "MAYBE" or "NO".

Another thing we can do, although I call this the worst technique,
is to RSVP "MAYBE". It has the advantage of always being true, but
that is precisely because it gives us almost no information. Please
do try to change your RSVP to "YES" or "NO" when it gets close enough
to the event to be certain.

Let's go back to good.

I'm looking forward to seeing us all at the meetings!


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