9 Things Successful People Do to Conduct Effective Meetings

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7. Remember that no one feels comfortable during the first meeting

No matter whether it’s a first date or a business meeting, very few people feel really comfortable talking to someone they don’t know well. We all worry about the first impressions we make and are afraid to miss something really important. But remember, just because the other person looks confident, it doesn’t mean that they are relaxed and not worrying.

You just need to realize that the other person is as nervous as you are. This will help you forget your own problems in the process.

6. A friendly smile is your best accessory

Smiling when meeting people for the first time is old advice. But not all smiles are alike. A broad and insincere smile can have a negative impact on your interaction with others, giving someone the sense that you’re getting ready to sell them useless stuff.

Let your smile be a real smile that comes from within. Let it genuinely come out of the chance to be pleasantly surprised, learn something new, and perhaps strike a relationship that might become important in the future.

5. Look someone in the eye

Looking directly into someone’s eyes shows that you’re a sincere, open, and courageous person. Someone who lowers their eyes when talking with someone is often regarded with suspicion. Look into the eyes of your interlocutor. However, avoid making this an inadvertent contest or test of domination.

Just remember: differences between people from various cultures can be really huge. A comfortable meeting of the eyes in the western culture might be considered impolite or even rude in other corners of the globe. Do some research before the meeting to learn more about the cultural background of the person you’re going to deal with. If you can’t learn this ahead of time, watch your interlocutor’s gestures, posture, and intonation, and mimic these during the conversation. This will help you act properly.

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