In the cycling world, a word often used is “mechanical” as a noun. It is used when there is a problem with the bike such as a broken chain, a flat tire, or a faulty gear shifter. A mechanical will often happen during a ride; hence it is encouraged to bring the necessary tools with you to fix the problem to complete the ride.
A pet peeve of mine is when someone shows up for a ride with a pre-existing mechanical that needs to be fixed before we can even start. I get it. We are all busy, but when my window of ride time is tight, do not cut it short by having to fix a mechanical before we even get started on our ride! Take care of it the night before.
Showing up prepared for an important client meeting is no different in the business world. It often improves the quality of the conversation and shows respect for the person(s) with whom you are meeting.
In certain situations, winging it might work, however, in most scenarios investing time in your preparation is a habit most of us can improve. Here are a few ideas for you to consider to properly prepare for those important client meetings.
Do not show up to a meeting with a “pre-existing mechanical” that can easily be avoided with advanced preparation. All parties involved will appreciate it.