You set the time and date well in advance. You set aside time to research and prepare your ideas. Then all that time and preparation seems a waste because your client calls in a last-minute cancellation or is a no-show.
While a client’s inability to keep their obligation probably has nothing to do with you personally, it’s hard not to take it that way. So before you take any action, take a deep breath and remember that you still have an opportunity to regroup and salvage your investment in your work. There are ways to handle these situations professionally and to make sure you have a plan in place to protect your time – and your money – should it happen in the future.