As businesspeople, we meet at least one client or sponsor that we are sure will either make or break our business. And making a good impression on them, especially on the first meeting, is vital. Here’s how you can make sure that you impress them, and leave them with a lasting impression.
Make sure you look the best version of yourself
And this does indeed go so many directions. For one, start with your grooming. Visit a hair salon Karrinyup; get your tresses cut and your beard (eyebrows, mustache) trimmed and tamed. Get a manicure; regardless to your gender. Get yourself a suit that is tailor made for your body. Buy yourself a pair of shoes that is comfortable, and looks good. Trust us. If you feel that you look good; you will inevitably feel confident on your self. And this is basically what any client will be looking for. So groom yourself before hand, and wake up early so you can get dressed in a relaxed manner. Remember to leave early so you don’t have rush for the meeting…
Rest up and allow your mind to relax
Regardless to whether you get a good haircut, a brand new bespoke suit or even a whole shelf full of shoes, if you don’t get enough sleep the night before the meeting, you are going to inevitably look frazzled and a mess. So make sure you sleep well the night before. For sure, you are going to find this a little hard, because of your nervousness. But at least try. Go to bed earlier than you have to; trust us, this will make a huge difference as it will also dictate how the morning of your meeting goes.
Make sure you have all the necessary details, files, presentations at hand a few days before
In all honesty, you’re not going to be able to completely rest the night before if you don’t do this. From the files, disks, pen-drives necessary for the meeting, to arrangements of the meeting place itself; make sure you have done all the preparations well before. If you are meeting up with said client in your office, make sure your office staff are well aware of this. This is especially important with the staff manning the front desk/reception.
Practice what you want to say; how you want to say it
If you are nervous about making blunders while you speak to the client, try practicing what you want to say beforehand. Take a long, calming and silent breath before starting. Keep a bottle of water close by. Remember to pay attention to your posture as well as your body language; as these too send out a message. Slow down your speech; it’s only people who are nervous and not very confident who speak fast (as they fear they will not be listened to for long).
If you remember these tips, you are sure to do well in your meeting. Bon chance!