9 Things Successful People Do When They Meet Someone

conversationPreparing for meetings is critical, whether you’re having them internally or doing a deal with a critical partner. It’s no less important to prepare for a first meeting with anyone.

You never know in advance the roles you and people you meet will play in each other’s lives. Research suggests that you make a first impression in the “blink of an eye.” Not only are people judging you, but you are judging them, often without being aware of the process. Such an approach leaves enormous room for accident on the part of both you and the other person. What if the person you’re meeting could, in the right circumstances, become a staunch friend, love interest, business partner, mentor, or ally in some cause?

Stopping human perception is impossible. However, you can be aware of what is happening and strive for ways to undertake a meeting with more control. Here are nine actions that can help you be more successful.

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