Introduction to 5 Tips for Meeting New Clients
People shaking hands to start a meeting.

Meeting new clients often combines the best aspects of a job interview and a first date. In either case, you should come prepared to impress.

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The first meeting with a new client is a lot like a first date. It's a chance to put your best foot forward and lay the foundation for a successful long-term working relationship. Then again, a first client meeting is also like a job interview. You want to ooze professionalism, inspire confidence and thoroughly convince the client that your potential client's money is in good hands.

We've assembled five essential tips for making an excellent first impression at a client meeting. We'll start off with something you can do days before the meeting begins.

While it's important to update your portfolio, iron your dress slacks and practice your best "firm but friendly" handshake, remember that a successful client meeting is all about listening. Get a head start by "listening" to what the client has to say on his or her Web site and in the press. Keep reading for more research and planning tips.