Improve Your Meetings Part 3: Attitude!
Today’s post highlights how important it is to go into your meeting with the right attitude.
Think about a boxer before a fight; the entrance music, walk to the ring and introduction to the spectators’ by the ring master. All of this is done to assist them to get the right attitude for the fight.
Although a meeting is not as dramatic as a bout of boxing (hopefully) I do think that when you are going to attend a meeting that you should spend some time thinking about your attitude; and how you will prepare yourself psychologically for it.
If you are an employer going to meet a client or a job seeker attending an interview it is often likely that you are going to be seeing someone who holds a more Senior position to you. In this circumstance it is all too easy to confuse etiquette and business manners with subservience and passivity. Whilst no-one wants to meet someone that is rude or arrogant it is often just as bad to meet with someone that is lacking confidence and unable to present themselves in a dynamic way.
Attitude is vital to the success of your meeting. Just remember that whilst your Senior Executives and Directors are experts in their own field you are also one in yours! You must be seen to take your opinions and ideas seriously otherwise how can you expect the person you are meeting with to do the same?
If anyone has any hints or tips to share on how they psychologically prepare themselves for meetings I’m sure the wider audience will appreciate you sharing them via the comments tab.