Magazine article The CPA Journal

Strategies for Successful Meetings and Greetings

Magazine article The CPA Journal

Strategies for Successful Meetings and Greetings

Article excerpt

Every workday is a series of meetings and greetings, many of them initial contacts. Use these simple strategies to make a good first impression.

* Stand up when you meet someone. This allows you to engage the person on an equal level, eye to eye. Remaining seated sends a message that you don't think the other person is important enough to warrant the effort it takes to stand. If you find yourself in a position where you can't stand up, like at a crowded conference table, offer a brief apology and explanation, such as, "Please excuse me for not getting up. I need more legroom."

* Smile. Facial expressions say more than words. Look as if you're pleased to meet the other person regardless of whatever else you're doing. Put a smile on your face for the person standing before you.

* Make eye contact. Looking at the people you meet says you're focused and interested in them. If you stare off somewhere else, you may appeal' to be looking for someone more to your liking.

* Introduce yourself immediately. As soon as you approach people you don't know, or are approached by them, tell them who you are. Don't stand around as if someone else is in charge of introductions.

* When necessary, include a statement about who you are. Give more information. "Hello, I'm Mary Jones. I work for XYZ Corporation."

* Offer a firm handshake. Extend your hand while greeting someone. The person who puts a hand out first comes across as confident and at ease. Make sure that this physical part of your greeting is professional, with neither a bone-crushing grip nor a limp wrist. …

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