Successful business meetings start with successful people and Austin Trahern reveals how to achieve both simultaneously.
Conducting business meetings are always stressful. Regardless of whether the businessperson is green or has done it a million times, failure is still a possible outcome. It does not matter how unlikely or how surefire the topic is to impress, people are unpredictable. Therefore, when going into a business meeting, the only true catalyst the conductor can control is their presence.
Fortunately, creating the right self-image is all a business needs to be successful. Austin Trahern reveals the top tips to conducting a successful business meeting. The best part is, everything that is needed, is under the presenter’s command.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” Benjamin Franklin is credited with this phrase. While the quote was likely printed on many middle school posters the truth in this statement is nevertheless relevant. The fear of failing can manifest in many ways. The most common way, though, is lack of adequate preparation. Knowing what you are talking about, down to the letter helps pave the road to success by facilitating three cornerstones.
First, preparation plans out the meeting’s topics and helps the presenter grasp the heart of their purpose. Second, it also helps the presenter know what to inquire about. If there are any issues, preparation will help a presenter mitigate those problems before the presentation. Third, being prepared helps to facilitate the other tips that ensure business meeting success.
Show Confidence in Every Aspect of Your Demeanor
Confidence is the factor which decides who wins and who loses; who succeeds and who fails. Failure is inspired by a lack of preparation, which allows a seed of admitting inability to fester. That seed will culminate until the moment of presentation; at which time it will effectively suffocate any remaining sliver of hope you have of success.
Although, preparation alone cannot save you from failure. Confidence comes from preparation, but it is your demeanor that truly entices success. From the way a presenter talks, moves, and even enters the room is an indication of their confidence. An audience will notice these things and unfortunately, the level of confidence you have will dictate their first impression of you. Most of the time, that first impression is what will decide whether you will succeed or fail. What you say is secondary to the level of command you have over yourself, your presentation, and the audience’s attention.
Control the Room
The ability to control a room is based on both preparation and confidence, according to Austin Trahern. After all, people are attending this meeting for a purpose. Whether it is a staff meeting or you are meeting with a hopeful investor, they are giving you their time. They have already deemed the meeting worthy of a portion of their day. Thus, you have already established an element of control. The hard part is keeping it. To keep it, you must be worthy of it. To be worthy of it, you need to showcase your knowledge, your passion, and your confidence. Give them that in a concise package and you will not only succeed, you will have earned their respect.
In summation, the way you perform in the meeting dictates the outcome. Being prepared, displaying confidence, and controlling the room is vital to conducting a successful business meeting. Austin Trahern knows this and has experienced first hand the power of these devices and has excelled tremendously because of them. Yet, he is also aware that it is not good enough to simply understand these concepts. To be successful, utilization and practice is the truest form of proof. Therefore, only one question remains…what are you waiting for?