Six Tips to Make the Best First Impression

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 10, 2013

In the competitive world of business, you want to do everything possible to stay ahead. There are no second chances. Customers know what they want and they expect you to provide it. What can you do to ensure that your company maintains a solid reputation? Here are six ways to make that first impression in a business meeting a great one.

1. Wow clients with professional graphics and content

Nothing smacks of amateur efforts like poorly wrought designs that fail to communicate the company message. It literally pays to have graphic designs and copy made by a professional. Companies like Snap are committed to producing quality print design and business communications.

2. Keep websites updated

Before a business meeting, potential clients will often peruse websites to get an idea of how a company presents itself to the world. Websites that contain broken links or that haven’t been updated in months give the impression that a company isn’t interested in remaining current, both online and in its day-to-day operations.

3. Dress to impress

The old saying bears repeating that you only get to make a first impression once. Corporate representatives and presenters at a business meeting need to be well-groomed and dressed in a manner that reflects professionalism, capability, and respect for the company. Make sure no one has an unkempt appearance or is in violation of the company dress code.

4. Take things beyond the board room

The best companies are those that inspire their employees to maintain the highest standards, whether that’s from their dress, speech, or conduct. These standards should apply inside and outside business meetings.

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5. Build your brand

Before a meeting, it’s necessary to have a clear understanding of what your business is offering potential customers, and how it is better than what the competition has to offer. Snap offers a full range of printing capabilities that will allow you to feature your corporate identification on a variety of products.

6. Give clients something good to talk about

Make sure your clients have a copy of your brochure, a promotional product, or a document that lists the highlights of the meeting. This will ensure that they leave with a positive impression of your company.

For important business meetings, it’s wise to go with the trusted professionals in printing design. Snap has twenty-five years of experience in helping companies leave thousands of great first impressions.

Madyson Grant is a small business entrepreneur who enjoys blogging about the different strategies and struggles she has faced in getting her business off the ground.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

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