Ace your meetings!
In your academic life and career, you will have several opportunities to meet people. They may be your age or senior industry professionals. For example, as part of the organizing committee for college programs, you may be required to meet your principal, corporate sponsors, guest speakers and other dignitaries. As a professional, you may regularly have meetings with your managers, boss, clients, or stakeholders. These meetings are important for your college or company as they will help move your project forward. Critical meetings often decide the result of a particular deal or partnership. Moreover, since you represent the institute or company, it is important to prepare and ace these meetings! Let’s discuss a few effective tips to hold a good meeting:
- Prepare for the meeting: Make sure you understand the purpose of the meeting, be prepared with talking points that effectively but succinctly cover the objective. It is advisable to research the client or stakeholder in advance. Read up on their professional background, interests and pursuits; this will help you open the dialogue and make conversations more interesting. Send the agenda of the meeting in advance. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you – brochure, business cards and presentation.
- Present yourself well: Reach the venue before time. When you enter the room, greet the person. Make eye contact and start the meeting with a firm handshake. Do not use your mobile phone during the meeting. Make sure that your tone and body language is friendly. Make written notes of important points discussed during the meeting. Be a patient listener, wait for your turn to speak. Offer your ideas when necessary.
- Post-meeting etiquette: When the meeting is over, exchange your business cards. Send an email with next steps, discussion points and proposal, if required. Don’t forget to thank them for their time. Follow-up with them from time to time to show your interest.
Lastly, build a relationship in the meeting! Make sure to break the ice and not go directly into your requirements. Be professional with the stakeholder and avoid any argument or controversy. Make sure that you are calm and pleasant. Often the first meeting leads to many more, so think long-term and avoid being transactional. If you focus on a win-win interaction, the meeting is likely to end on a positive and successful note.
Talerang’s copyrighted curriculum was researched as a project Harvard Business School. Our training methodology integrates Harvard cases, proprietary assessments, interaction with guest speakers, industry exposure and personal mentoring for holistic professional development. Our programs offer exclusive opportunities to work with over 250 of the best companies in India including the Aditya Birla Group, Foxymoron, Teach For India, Mahindra Group, Avaana Capital, Z3 Capital and more. Our team is from McKinsey, Citigroup, KPMG, ZS Associates and our Panels include CEOs of top companies. Students get dedicated mentors and interact with industry stalwarts from our Young Leaders Panel and Senior Panel. Our Future CEOs alumni also get to access a network that is a close knit community of close to 1000 Future CEOs who are advised by young industry leaders and a panel of industry stalwarts.
Modeled on global best-practices
Talerang’s programs are different from regular trainings and courses due to the international approach to learning and the international curriculum. During the research at Harvard Business School, we interacted with Year UP, a U.S. based organization solving a similar problem. We further refined our learnings by visiting 100+ colleges and partnering with 250+ corporates who defined our training curriculum.
Our research shows that 6 key competencies - self-awareness, life vision, communication, working smart, first impressions and bridge to career help young talent succeed. Additionally, jobs of the future require a combination of 14 skills including research, analytics, digital marketing, finance, strategy, coding, communication and design. We ensure that you are learning in a planned and structured manner with a focus on being relevant for jobs of the future.
Proven track record
Talerang gets applications from close to 100+ premier colleges across India and has several rounds of selection. Our highly selective cohorts are academically bright, have demonstrated leadership and volunteered to impact their communities. Our previous students are articulate all-rounders including national level swimmers, debaters, festival organizers, entrepreneurs and performers. Over 4 years, we have placed 99% of our students and our proud that over 90% of them have been consistently rated as work-ready, with over 50% been given call-back offers for full-time jobs! The jobs and internships we provide are premium with a focus on quality.
As special projects, we have been invited by research teams from Stanford and Harvard to conduct trainings on their behalf and also been the organization of choice for pre-placement training for IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras in an official capacity. From Tata Trusts to Trilegal, various corporates have also invited us to on-board their entry-level hires.