There, I said it.
And client meetings, are kind of like interviews. Except, I’m not just getting interviewed, I’m also interviewing my potential client.
I mean, I thought I left the corporate world to be able to avoid interviews at all costs. You know the questions.
“What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How do you overcome obstacles? Why do you want this position?”
And while the questions during a client meeting are on a different spectrum than a serious, three-piece suit conversation, it still has its own flavor of nerve-racking. Seriously.
So I try to approach my client meetings differently. Make it less interview-y. You know, because the thought of an “INTERVIEW” causes palpitations and my skin threatens to break out in hives. And NO ONE wants that.
To me, client meetings are simply conversations. In fact, I’d even just call it a get together, let’s drop the pretense of unnecessary formality. Because you know what? I’m not that fancy. Trust me. If I could rock yoga pants as my regular attire, I totally would. And eat Chipotle. More than once a week.
I hope that by the time I meet with a client, they’ve had the chance to check out my website and read my blog. I hope that they’ve had the opportunity to learn that I have an unhealthy obsession with red velvet cake, chandelier earrings, and my husband whose name is Centurion. Yes, that’s his real, legit name. I hope that they might have seen that I’m a California native, a Texas transplant, and a wannabe world traveler. I hope that they want to meet me. Yes, I hope they think I take pretty pictures too, but I really would like it if they were looking to connect with me. The cupcake-obsessed, running-challenged, turquoise-blue loving, ME.
I want a get together with my client to be an easy conversation between friends. I want it to be fun. I want to share stories, laughter, details about the wedding, and all the things that you wouldn’t associate with an interview. A scary job interview. Because you know what? Job interviews scare me.
Like the photo may suggest, client meetings should me much like a piece of cake. Simple, fun, and different.
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