How to Prepare for an Important Business Meeting
- April 12, 2016
Meetings are an unavoidable part of the corporate business world. Attending, taking part in and running important meetings is something that you’ll definitely have to get used to.
Whilst some people will be a natural, others may find the prospect of running a meeting a very daunting thought. We believe that the key to success is in the preparation beforehand.
As a leading chauffeur company that specialises in business travel, including corporate travel and road shows, we have picked up some important tips from our customers along the way. Here are some ways in which you can prepare for the biggest meeting of your life!
Confirm the Date and Time of the Meeting
Important meetings are rarely arranged last minute; it’s likely that they were arranged weeks or months in advance. As a result, it’s really easy for those attending (either you or your associates) to forget details such as the date and time. Therefore, we suggest confirming the time, date and location with all those attending – a few days before the meeting.
Carry out Research & Write a Plan
Even if you’re the most confident person in the world and you know your role inside out, you should never walk into a meeting unprepared and without a plan. Depending on what your meeting is about, you should carry out as much research as possible. Research your topic, the company you’re meeting with, even the individuals attending the meeting. Once you have all your information, you should write it all down in a plan. You don’t need to take this in with you but you can read it thoroughly beforehand.
Sort out Travel Details in Advance
Don’t leave it until the morning of your meeting to check Google Maps for the location of the venue. You should be prepared weeks before your meeting; knowing exactly where you’re going, how you’re getting there and how long it’ll take you. Is there the possibility of traffic causing serious delays? Is there an alternative way of getting there?
Have you thought about hiring a chauffeur driver? They are reliable and professional. They will also work hard to get you to your destination in good time. You can relax in the car and go over last minute notes, without having to worry about anything else.
Be Prepared for Last Minute Changes
The best piece of advice that we can give you is to prepare for last minute changes. This can be before your meeting or during it. Nothing can be planned to perfection; you have to allow things to take their natural course. Even if you’ve memorised everything you’re going to say, something new might come up and leave you feeling caught off guard. Don’t panic! Simply take the time to think about the question and then answer the best you can. If you’ve done your research, you should be prepared for almost anything.
Looking for more information on how you can hire a business chauffeur? Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0203 188 1079.