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We yearn for the client meetings of yore, complete with sweaty handshakes in actual shared physical spaces and, if you were lucky, a communal bowl of mints (please make them pep-o-mints) at the reception desk.

Of course, face-to-face interactions have become a little more, you know, complicated. So, here are some ways to stand out in a meeting while competing with babies, overactive dogs, and food delivery people (“Just leave it on the patio!”).

Be Prepared

Want to score an A+ from your client? Do your homework. Come to the meeting with notes, updated materials, your watered-down Capri Sun, and un-blah ideas. Know what you want to say and how you want to say it.

Have Confidence

To quote “High School Musical” icon Vanessa Hudgens, “Confidence is key. Sometimes, you need to look like you’re confident even when you’re not.” I mean, someone successfully pitched the Dew Garita, proof that anything is possible if you’re drunk enough you believe in yourself (and have insides made of pure iron).

Practice Makes Perfect

It’s inevitable: people are going to talk at the same time, and it’s going to get uncomfy. (Luckily, lip syncs are so in right now.) Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t heard the first time around, and don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. (Also make sure you’re not on mute.)

Capitalize on Small Talk

Yes, virtual attendees watch the clock closely and may jump off at any moment. (Catch ya later, Cheryl!) But the banal small talk that often prefaces a call is actually beneficial to happiness, productivity, and overall being-a-person-ness. Plus, taking a genuine interest in everyone’s well-being will distract from the jarring image of seeing previously on-trend co-workers in Bill S. Preston Esquire-style cutoff t-shirts.

Now put on your headphones, grab a handful of pep-o-mints, and dial into your meeting—we have a feeling this is going to be an all-time great one.  

Have a virtually perfect weekend, everybody!

—Your online and IRL friends at Brokaw

Stand out in a meeting while competing with babies, overactive dogs, and food delivery people (“just leave it on the patio!”).

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