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Unfortunately, each day brings about new stories involving women being harassed in the workplace. And that’s usually involving people they know! For some women stepping out into the world and heading off to a meeting with unknown persons comes with a certain amount of risk.
Generally speaking, the risk is low, and meetings go off without a hitch. But what if there was a way to lower the risks even more?
KYC = Know Your Customer
In the financial and e-commerce industries there’s a simple three letter terminology called KYC, which loosely defined means, you need to be sure you know who you’re dealing with when it comes to processing financial transactions.
Shouldn’t it be the same when it comes to your meetings? Aside from the effort required, is there ever a need to enter into a meeting without having all the relevant background information?
A Little Research Can Go a Long Way
Imagine you’re a freelance designer and you get a call about a new project. It’s not someone you know or came through a referral. It’s just someone who seemingly found you online. He says, “Can I come by your studio to talk in person? I live close by.”
Now imagine his name is “Michael Jones” or something entirely generic. How long would it take to filter through LinkedIn or Google to find out all you need to know about him before agreeing to a meeting? What if you have no idea what he looks like or can’t tell if that blurry profile pic is really the same one you’re looking at in WhatsApp or in his email profile?
Choose a Tool that Does the Heavy Lifting for You
Before you have any meeting, you should know everything you can about the person you’re meeting with, but this can take a lot of time if you do it manually. Fortunately, there are tools that can help. For example, Calendar.AI will scour the web and social media to provide all the information you need to know about the people and companies you meet and deliver blogs, news, and social media profiles directly into the calendar invite.
On a more positive note, you’ll also get all the information you need to make an excellent first impression and see valuable information about the people and companies you’re potentially doing business with.
Don’t Leave Your Meetings to Chance
Whether or not you want to feel more secure, are looking for a way to increase your productivity, or want to nail that first impression, it’s imperative to do some prep work. That way you’ll enter each and every meeting with the confidence you need to succeed and stay safe!