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Revealed: Secret Ways to Win New Clients in Business Meetings

Revealed: Secret Ways to Win New Clients in Business Meetings

Let us guess. You have a business meeting coming up in a few days, week or months and you are wandering through the internet looking for some suggestions and ideas to make it go smooth.[1] Well, you are not alone.

We have done this too at some point before our meetings, and we know what it is like to burn your eyes reading through the uncountable number of business articles to find the one that sounds worth trying. We understand how much of a painful drag it is to read through the never-ending pieces of writing, so we decided to help you by putting together some of the most effective advice that you must try to make sure that your business meeting goes well.

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Have the Meeting in a Familiar Place to Boost Your Confidence

The place that you are familiar with will always serve as the best region for your performance that you put up in a meeting. Whenever given a chance to decide where the meeting should be held, go for your own office’s conference room. If you are into sports, you would know that a team always does well on its home ground and business meetings follow a similar trend too. You become more confident when you are in a familiar place, and you can utilise this confidence to a good effect.

Give a Professional Presentation to Win Your Client’s Trust

Presentations speak for what you offer, so always make them look professional. It doesn’t matter what you are offering. What is more important is how well you put up that offer in your PPTs and how you deliver the message with certainty. Doing this will make your client believe that you are specialized in your area of working, and it will be beneficial for you to achieve your target in the meetings.

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Don’t Keep Talking About the Future Plan, Highlight Your Achievements Occasionally

In the off-meeting conversations and during the meetings make sure that you slip in the results of your company so that your clients can trust your work. Not only the presentations, when you create a website of your services or product let there be a section that highlights the achievements of your work because your clients will always check it before attending a meeting with you. In the meetings, show your previous works that are relevant to that of asked by your clients so that they can know what your capabilities are.

Know Your Audience Well so You Can Satisfy Their Expectations

Conducting a meeting is like performing on a stage, and the clients are your audience. Know what your audience (or clients) like. Some clients may be into the plain old textual type of presentations while some clients may expect more of the visuals and samples in the meeting. Make sure that you give your clients exactly what they want. A common mistake that rookies make during the presentations is to lose the track while trying to make it look impressive. Do understand that, while trying to impress is not a bad idea at all, but your clients would not appreciate it if they find no relevance of their work in the presentation you put up.

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Knowing your clients in advance will also help you to be confident in front of them,[2] and you can probably expect what kind of questions might come from them based on their concerns about your services or the products you offer.

Dress Smart and Look Smart to Display Your Confidence

We can’t fall short of words to tell you how important your appearance is in a business meeting. Forget the business meeting; appearance is important everywhere. Consciously or not, we have a tendency to judge people by how they carry themselves in front of us. You do not have to overdo it, just keep it simple. Make sure that you do not compromise your comfort to look good; there is always a right balance for it. Wear the colors that suit you the best. Based on the type of meeting, wear the right kind of dress that make you look professional.

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Clothes are not the only things that will make you look good. Carry a confident smile with you throughout the presentation and also watch out for the gestures you make, how you sit and all the postures of yours.

Make the meeting your stage to perform and be the show-stopper on the day of the meeting. There are a lot of things apart from the product you offer that decides the fate of the deal you are there for as we mentioned above. Increase the chances of sealing the deal that you wish for by performing well in these kinds of meetings by using the advice that we have referred to above.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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    Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

    The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

    But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

    However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

    This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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    Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

    We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

    Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

    Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

    The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

    When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

    When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

    How to Make Decision Effectively

    Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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    1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

    You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

    Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

    Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

    2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

    You don’t have to choose all the time.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

    Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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    3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

    You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

    The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

    Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

    Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

    So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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