While we’re always taught to “never judge a book by its cover,” some people simply can’t help it. If you show up to a business meeting looking sloppy or unprofessional, you may risk your reputation and lose a client. We have a few ideas that can help you make the best first impression with your clients.
Dress To Impress
Appropriate dress is essential and tricky. Business meetings can happen in a variety of places, from corporate offices to casual coffee shops. Do your best to gauge the environment of the meeting and dress accordingly.
No matter where the meeting takes place, be sure to look clean, pressed, and professional. This is a simple way to make it clear that you take your work seriously and value your client.
It makes sense that you should always show up to meetings prepared. Whether you’re giving a presentation or need to be knowledgeable about something, prepare before the meeting to set yourself up for success. Remember, “being prepared” is about more than memorizing a speech—it goes hand in hand with our next tip.
Even with all the preparation in the world, a lack of confidence can make you look unprofessional. A perfectly memorized, nervously presented proposal won’t have the effect you want. Practice speaking clearly and concisely, and know that it’s okay to take your time. Breathe, have a glass of water nearby, and you’ll get through even the toughest public speaking event!
Arrive in Style
Before clients see your clothing, they’ll see your vehicle. Consider arriving at your business meeting in a sleek, clean limousine to make a strong first impression. Second City Livery can help with all-city corporate transportation in Chicago that makes you look extremely professional.
Now that you know these ways to make the best first impression with your clients, we hope you’ll have even more success when building your business relationships. Whether you’re dressing to impress or arriving in style, your clients will instantly see you for the professional, hardworking person you are!