How to Impress At Your Next Meeting
It’s always important to keep on scheduling business meetings, no matter how well your business may be going. These allow you to, well, become even more successful! They provide new opportunities, build bridges, and can, in all, offer a tremendous chance for your company to enter into new, lucrative arrangements. But of course, scheduling the meetings is the easy part; it’s how you perform during the meeting that counts. Below, we’ll take a look at a few tried and tested tips that’ll ensure the person on the other side of the table is walking away impressed.
Nail the Look
As much as we’d like to think it’s not the case, the truth is that we’re all judgemental to a degree. Even if what you’re saying is exciting, there’s always a chance that your appearance may take the sting out of your words. For whatever reason, we trust what people are saying more if they look the part. So make sure you’re putting some thought into what you’re wearing during the month, and you’re all-around appearance (for example, your grooming). It’ll help you to present a unified, powerful look.
There’s a big difference between a company that schedules a meeting in a dark corner of their office space, and one that seeks out the best meeting location around. When it comes to meeting places for your business meetings, you should aim to find a place that reflects your overall brand, and which caters for all eventualities. If you get hungry during the meeting, there should be food. If the meeting goes well and celebrations are in order, drinks should be available. The location is an extension of your company, in a way, so make sure the company you’re meeting with are well-catered for and impressed.
Know Your Stuff
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s an old adage, but one that still rings true today. You can make everything seem impressive, but if you’re unable to back it up with a presentation that blows them away, then it’ll all have been for nothing. It’s not just about knowing your own material (which you’ll know anyway), but knowing more about the other business than they might expect. They’ll be impressed that you’ve gone beyond a quick scan of their website.
We’re all just humans. While the overarching company needs will be what’s on the table, it’s the human interaction aspect that’ll help you to win or lose the person on the other side of the table. Be respectful, and most importantly, listen. Too many companies get so wrapped up in what they want to say that they forget to listen to others.
Finally, consider rounding off your meeting by sending them home with swag or samples of your goods, if possible. It’s a nice little gesture that benefits everyone — they get something cool for their home and office, and you get to know that your company will live long in their mind after the meeting has finished.