Whether you’re launching a start-up, promoting a new product or service, trying to impress a client, or simply getting your team out of the office, organising a flawless business meeting is key to your success. And while they may not be the most action-packed or exciting part of your day, they can be the most important (and easiest) opportunity to make maximum impact. From demonstrating your talent and hard work to colleagues to impressing your stakeholders and clients, there are a few executive-approved tips you should keep in mind.
Barbara Pachter, a career coach and author of “The Essentials Of Business Etiquette,” spoke with Business Insider Australia to share her top tips and easy-to-adopt habits that will help take your meeting from ‘business bore’ to ‘professional perfection’.
Here are 5 things to remember next time you’re hosting a meeting to ensure you tick of your career goals one meeting at a time. Plus, we share one of our favourite venues in Brisbane to ensure you host the kind of meeting that your attendees will actually want to remember.
1. Pick the perfect venue
One of the most important parts of any meeting is selecting the perfect venue. Taking things out of the boardroom and into a private-but-impressive restaurant sends a signal to your guests that you respect their time and want them to enjoy your meeting. If it’s a client you want to impress, La Vue boasts stunning views of the Brisbane River while also being private, discreet and in a convenient location. While other riverside venues are about being seen, La Vue Waterfront Restaurant is about having the privacy to conduct your business in peace while still treating your guest to a memorable experience.
2. Body language 101
Being aware of your body language is an important aspect of conducting a meeting. If you’re the host, you should always stand to greet your guest as this helps establish your presence. From there, take the lead and initiate the handshake. Sitting upright at the table and minimising fidgeting is also important as it shows that you are actively listening to your guest and that you are giving them your utmost attention – something every client want!
3. Set the tone
We’ve all experience a meeting that dragged on longer than it needed to and where it still felt like nothing was achieved. You end up feeling like you’ve wasted your time and that it would have been better done over email. If you’re going to the effort to meet with someone, make sure you set a strong agenda so that you can keep the conversation on track and tick off everything you want to discuss. If you do digress and find yourself talking about Game Of Thrones or your weekend plans, make sure you’re able to work the conversation back in the right direction.
4. Share the spotlight
No one likes a showboater! Particularly when meeting with a client, make sure you allow your guest the chance to speak up and share their input. If we’re being honest, people love to talk about themselves and be listened to. Giving them space to actively engage with you will let them know that you’re keen to collaborate and work together.
5. Always go the extra mile
If you remember only one tip, make sure it’s this one. At the end of the day, all of this can be summed up with one simple tip: go the extra mile! Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and imagine what kind of experience they are expecting. A meeting over coffee in a boardroom? Feeling rushed? Not being valued? Instead of delivering an ineffective meeting that leaves them with a sour taste in their mouth, giving them something spectacular to remember.
Our Top Tip
The most important thing to remember is to let the venue do the talking! Let the first impression be one that excites and delights your guest. Situated on the waterfront at the northeastern end of Queen St, La Vue Waterfront Restaurant takes all the stress out of your corporate meetings. Whether it’s a meeting just for two, a team dinner or a private function for 100+ people, this is one venue completely dedicated to making sure you have a seamless experience.
Boasting some of the most incredible views of the Brisbane River, La Vue has a prime position in the CBD with easy access to Secure parking. While elegant and prestigious, La Vue is all about personal service that goes above-and-beyond.
With no set menus, no minimum spend and the ability to cater for all dietary requirements, Owner and Head Chef Ronaldo can cater to whatever it is you require. As much as a concierge service as they are a restaurant, Ronaldo will be across your needs from the moment you make your booking to the moment you leave. For a special touch, he even includes extra surprises throughout your reservation that will have your clients feeling special and attended to! If you want to shine in front of your colleagues or client, this is where you need to go.
When asked about his dedication to making every guest in his restaurant feel like they have had an unbeatable experience, Ronaldo simply says, “I am a humble person, living a humble and modest life. Money is not my priority. The important thing for me is to see people happy.”