Crunch has collected 6 tips for your next business meeting.
Don’t talk about private topics
Many would like to have an almost close friendship with their customers or partners. Just be careful not to go too fast. Stay away from topics like religion, politics, and even money. Because they are all potential mining fields for awkward and harmful discussions.
Beware of “I”
While some professionals tend to be caught by what they want, they shouldn’t expect this to be the outcome of a business meeting. Beware as it can quickly make you seem selfish or aggressive.
In order to prevent your customers or partners from getting the wrong impression of you, instead of the word “I”, try to use “we” and “ours”. This way you include them in your wishes and expectations. Furthermore, you seem genuinely interested.
Some people are comfortable with improvising an entire business meeting and think that their abilities and expertise can easily lead them through. Often, businessmen see this as an unprofessional behaviour. Whether you are in a meeting or holding it, you should always prepare and inform yourself about the purpose of the meeting.
Be a good listener
Probably the worst scenario is holding a meeting for demotivated people. When someone is demotivated, it shows the other participants that they are simply not interested. You can expect zero constructiveness to come out of this kind of meeting.
A motivated mind can generate beneficial discussion and provide feedback. Thus, it’s important to show everybody respect. Always give them your full attention.
Always summarize in the end
During a meeting, people can easily focus on different things, misunderstand, or remember incorrectly. Therefore, it is a good idea to always sum up all the important points from the meeting at the end. This way all participants will be on the same page. Breaking down big items into smaller bites can help everyone remember what you agreed on.