Essential tips for your first business meeting

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New things always bring challenges. Especially when it comes to meet other people and it is a professional agenda. Whether it is a meeting with your boss, your clients or your colleagues, you need to perform well in order to pursue your goals. 

Consider these tips if you want to win your meeting participants’ heart. 

Be confident

When you get the chance to carry out or participate in a meeting, you must know that you have the capability and quality for it. So, never underestimate yourself. Now that people trusted you, you must show them that you are worth for this position or deal. 

Think about the outcome of this meeting, confront your fears and believe in yourself that you can push yourself through the limits. 

Prepare for the meeting

Preparation means that you are ready for the meeting. You should and must know the agenda of this first meeting. Learn the materials properly and bring all the necessary documents to the meeting. A little bit more research is very helpful for the unexpected questions from your interlocutors. Also, do not forget to confirm and send a reminder to your meeting participants. 

No less importance, you should know who you are going to meet. Bear in mind to mention their name with the right salutation when you call them.  

Last but not least, know exactly where and when the meeting will be held, then come in time. Some spare time of 30 minutes before the schedule is ideal to take some breath, relax the nerves and to set up the meeting necessities like projector, presentation file, copies of documents and so on. 

Appear professionally

Something that often forgotten by many people is the apparel. “Don’t judge the book from its cover” may not apply this time. A boardroom is place where you present yourself, and this is very much from your look. Since we are living in a very perceptible world, a statement from your outfit is needed. 

Catch people’s attention favourably with a comfortable yet professional outfit. Wear suit that represents a quality person. Try to put up neat clothes that do not show too much skin. In addition, mind your makeup and hairstyle as well. 

Take notes

There will be so many things that are going on in the meeting. So many information that you might not remember wholly. That is why you should bring your notebook and write down the main points of the conversation during the meeting. By doing this you can always look at your notes after the meeting and not skipping the small important things.