Let’s take a familiar scenario. You are at a trade show or event.
It has been going well with a lot of guests visiting your booth. All morning. Right now there isn’t much activity, so you take a little break – before the next big rush.
Your phone has been buzzing non-stop in your pocket.
Naturally, you take it out to check the many calls and emails, you have received. After all, you also have a job to take care of – outside of the four trade show walls.
While you are checking your emails, a new potential customer approaches your booth. You don’t see her, because you have your head buried in your phone. Busy answering emails.
But she sees you. You and your phone.
… because your customers see you long before you see them
… And this it’s not the best way to start a conversation. Especially not one, that could be a great new connection or possibly lead to a sale. You always have to treat everyone as a possible customer or a gateway to other new connections.
When the phone has to be checked – and it does – find a spot away from the booth.
When you are standing at your booth, you need to be present, welcoming and engaging.
You won’t be, if you are on your phone [Same goes for hands in pockets or arms crossed].
Therefore, we recommend going away to one of the following spots:
The Lounge. The Cafe. The empty presentation area. Outside
It’s all about the signal you give your guests. And first-hand impressions matter. So make it count!
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