Meeting room etiquette: Making a good impression

Business leaders and employees can make the right impression with clients and partners by adhering to meeting etiquette.

If they are looking to drum up trade, or strengthen existing ties with another party, behaving appropriately in the meeting room can make all the difference.

First of all, people attending a meeting should ensure they arrive promptly – and where possible – early, allowing them to find their bearings before things get underway.

They should be fully prepared, bringing all paperwork materials to the meeting, and also ensure appropriate attire has been chosen for the day.

Once the meeting is got underway, participants should look to speak only when it is their turn, as interrupting someone else can be seen as a major faux pas.

Listening to what others have to say is vitally important – this can often save time at the end of the meeting as well as making the right impression.

And last, but by certainly no means least, attendees need to remember to switch their mobiles off before entering the meeting room.

Failure to do so could end up annoying customers, clients and partners – and ultimately costing the company a deal.

Meeting room etiquette: Making a good impression