In business, as in social gatherings, first impressions do matter a huge deal. And even more so considering a lot more is at stake. The last thing anyone wants is to project a bad first impression because this automatically robs you of the confidence of prospective clients, customers or employers, and consequently, cost you business.
The thing with these famed first impressions is that they determine how you feel about an encounter going forward. And they are not specific to business meetings. Even food, or drink, or place; music even.
When you are competing for clients or customers with other companies in the same business as you, you might just have one crack at swaying them your way. And this is why you need to get off to a flyer.
There are many ways to look and act the part.
According to research, approximately 95 per cent of this boils down to your looks: how you dress, how you present yourself, the look and feel of the meeting venue – a convenient and professional space to meet your clients or customers is best – and so on. Now, this is something everyone (well, almost everyone) has a good grasp of in the 21st century.
And so the question begs, how then can you employ the first impression weapon to differentiate yourself from most other businesses out there?
Easy – through the use of cool tech gadgets in your business meetings that’s how.
Here then are some of the nerdiest gadgets you can use to rig the game in your favour.
Livescribe Echo Smartpen
Time to toss that Bic aside.
This ingenious little pen allows you to take notes while at the same time recording the audio proceedings that you can play back later. Not only that, it allows you to transfer the interactive notes to your computer, iPad or iPhone in either audio or PDF formats.
It comes packed with a beefy memory capable of holding either 200, 400 or 800 hours of recorded audio (depending on model) and features OLED display for navigating smartpen apps.
Taking notes has never been so much fun – or easy.
Short Throw Projector
Projectors have come a long way. Long gone are the days when someone making their way to or out of the meeting room could block the projected image in the middle of a presentation.
With a short throw projector, you need not worry about either that or cramped spaces anymore. For it allows you to show your presentation or portfolio (large images at that) in the tiniest of spaces, even as little as 3 feet from the screen or wall, with ultra-short throw projectors requiring less than a foot!
What’s more, you don’t need to carry your computer around as you can use a Chromecast USB dongle instead to show your slides. It’s a presentation solution that you can fit right in your pocket.
Speaking of pocket…
ZutaLabs Pocket Printer
If you often need to print handouts or other documents during your meetings, you can count on this little portable bad boy to do just that.
It’s one of the most unique business products you will lay your hands on. It prints simply by moving across a sheet placed flat on a table, with a battery capable of holding out for an hour of printing.
Oh, and it is cordless too: it connects to your laptop or phone via Wi-Fi.
Cube – RIF6’s Mobile Projector
The pocket-sized cube is another alternative to the traditional projector that makes presentations and meetings easier and more flexible than they would otherwise be if you depended on the orthodox devices.
The mobile projector can work with any HDMI or MHL device (yes, smartphones included) and is capable of generating a 120-inch display. You don’t have to worry about running out of battery power, and this you can credit to its energy-efficient LED light source.
SMART kapp Whiteboard
Electronic whiteboards are awesome tools to promote interactive meetings and ensure everyone involved in the meeting is reading from the same script, or rather, board. And the SMART kapp whiteboard takes them another level.
Better known as the Kapp iQ, this is not your ordinary whiteboard. The interactive device is an Ultra HD display with a built-in whiteboard that allows you to write on from anywhere – including your Android device or NFC-enabled iOS.
It boasts the ability to save a snapshot of your drawing for further review, and can simultaneously connect up with an astonishing 250 users.
Collaboration has never been easier.
iRobot Ava 500
Designed for those days you cannot make it to the meeting in person, the imposing iRobot Ava allows everyone to literally sit up and take notice.
It is a video conferencing robot that works with Cisco software but can be controlled from any computer. It supports a wide array of applications and offers the option of managing it from the cloud.
If you ever wondered if there was a way you could make your presence felt without hopping on the plane, you just got your answer.
These nerdy gadgets are far more than just for show: they will enable you to enjoy and make the most of your business meetings.
Moreover, innovative devices such as these enhance productivity at the end of the day, so it is definitely worth factoring them into your company’s inventory whenever you can.