Preparation will help calm your anxiety and enable you to speak with more confidence and authority. If you put the work in, you will always have an advantage over your competition. Before an interview or an important meeting, learn everything you can about the company/potential client you are going to meet. Visit company websites, read the history, staff newsletters and recent press releases. Taking the time to prepare will make you appear more knowledgeable and interested – two qualities that make a great impression.
2. Find out who will be in the meeting
If you want to always be a step ahead of the game, find out who you will be meeting with. Learn their names, and you could even log into LinkedIn to see if you share and common working interests to break the ice. Addressing everyone by their name in your first meeting/interview can emanate a great amount of confidence.
3. Arrive early
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