9 Tips to Impress at your Upcoming Meeting
Posted by Liz Taylor Feb 27, 2014
Whether you are meeting with a devoted client, prospective customer or on a first interview, keep the following tips in mind to create a positive impression:
- Dress to impress. Wear a flattering and professional outfit that is tailored and pressed. Obviously wear deodorant but avoid perfumes and colognes. You never know who will be allergic or turned off by your scent, so play it safe by avoiding fragrance all together.
- Be punctual. Don’t arrive more than 15 minutes early and not a minute past your scheduled meeting. If you are over 15 minutes early, wait in your car until it’s appropriate to enter the building.
- Don’t underestimate the receptionist. Always be cordial and kind as he or she will often report back to the person you are meeting with. Stay out of the free pen and candy dishes.
- Make proper eye contact. If you are with one person, make eye contact about 80 percent of the time. More that 80 percent is intimidating. Minimal eye contact comes off as insincere and dishonest. Any given eye contact should last roughly five seconds at a time.
- Make sure your breath is fresh and pass on snacks during your meeting.
- Don’t look at your watch. Budget the appropriate amount of time for your meeting so you aren’t worried about next appointments or events.
- Leave your cell phone in the car.
- Move the ball forward and always set the next step. Let the person know what you plan to accomplish at your next event, interview or meeting.
- Send a thank you note within 24 hours if possible.
“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”
—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center
“Absolutely superb! Liz has an amazing knack for presenting her concepts in a thought-provoking and clear style. Her ideas and suggestions would enhance anyone's ability to bridge the gap between business and etiquette. She clearly has a deep understanding of not only the topic, but the thought processes that go into creating better interpersonal relationships out of socially awkward situations. I highly recommend her and her coursework...she will help your business!”
—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff
“Liz, Thank you so much for coming to Indianapolis to help us grow our skills as professionals and as people. Your presentation helped us address issues with grace, candor, sensitivity – as well as fun! You were fabulous!”
—Betsy Hamlett, Director of Sales for Kenra, Ltd.