There are some business meetings where you have to pull out all the stops, especially when it is a first-time encounter; we all know that first impressions count for a lot and with that in mind, here are a few tips on how to create the right impression with a first-time business meeting.
- Arrive in style – There are elegant and affordable Mercedes Benz for rent from a leading Bangkok-based supercar rental firm, which will ensure that your arrival will be noticed. You could always arrange to collect your associate at a convenient location, which would be welcomed by your guest. Like it or not, we are judged by what we drive and in order to project the right image, renting a supercar makes total sense when meeting a VIP client.
- Feel good about your look – Whether you prefer a formal business suit or smart casual, do pay attention to the small details, such as fingernails and your accessories. If wearing a watch is your thing, a luxury brand is recommended; you can find a good vintage Rolex at the online antique dealer’s website, which would be a wise investment, as well as an accessory to impress. Make sure your hair is tidy and you look good from head to toe and your self-confidence will be high.
- Make sure you arrive ahead of time – Arriving late is simply not an option and even Bangkok traffic is no excuse for time mismanagement, something your associate will notice. If you are planning to show a digital presentation, make sure you have access to power (if needed), but don’t take out your laptop at this early stage, rather get to know each other a little before moving onto business. Here are a few tips for winter driving, which might save your life one day.
- Assess the situation – You might be meeting on their home turf with you as the visitor, or you might be playing host, or the meeting might be at a neutral venue like a hotel or restaurant. If you are the host, your guest will expect you to take the lead, whereas, if you are the visitor, you don’t have too much to worry about and should be responsive to requests.
- Be prepared – You probably have a few things that you wish to introduce at some point; a PowerPoint slideshow or a few reports and they should be ready in your briefcase. Go through things in your mind, as you expect the meeting to unfold and make sure you have everything you need with you.
- Relax and be yourself – There’s no point in being nervous; if you have prepared well, there’s nothing else you can do except relax and enjoy the experience. Your business associate will pick up on any nervousness and you certainly don’t want that.
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