Meetings are an important part of business, and sometimes, depending on who’s leading or what they’re about, they can be the bane of your existence. There are ways for leaders to ensure that whatever meeting you lead, you’re coming out a winner. Brazen Careerist offers a few tips:
1. The meeting: selling people on a new idea
The first kind of meeting is selling people on a new idea. In the “sell” meeting, you need to be clear about the “ask.” What do you want? Do you need funding, or just an okay to proceed with the team you already have? The goal of the meeting may be to get an initial “Okay, that sounds good” or to agree on an approach to take when moving forward.
To succeed in the sell meeting, make sure you can:
- Get people excited.
- Be memorable.
- Hold their attention.
Use a simple message, with what they should know, what you need their reactions to and a moderate amount of preparation. You don’t need to create a perfect PowerPoint, but you do need to anticipate potential objections and show why your idea is worthwhile.