How many times have you walked in to meet somebody at a coffee shop for a business meeting or social event without knowing what they look like? Then while you’re waiting, you nervously check your phone every 2 seconds so you don’t look weird looking around for a mystery person. Then when you think the person arrives, you awkwardly make eyes at them to see if they might recognize you. And if it’s not them, your mind goes crazy thinking that maybe you got the meeting time or location wrong. Then finally, they show up a few minutes late and a wave of relief comes of you as the awkward moment is over.
This happens to me all the time. Either because of a job interview, referral or just a friend of a friend who wants to pick my brain about marketing advice.
Here are three easy tips for avoiding this awkward situation:
1) Add a clear photo of yourself on to your social networks. (Linkedin, Twitter, About.me, Facebook, WordPress blog…etc.) This way people can recognize your face and find you easily.
2) Swap mobile phone numbers so the person can send you a text if they are running late.
3) Let the person know that you’ll have a unique piece of clothing or accessory for them to recognize you. Sort of like the rose that Meg Ryan had in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” but not so cheesy. A special pen or a scarf will do just fine.
So there you have it. Three easy things to do so that your first impression doesn’t begin with sweaty palms and neck strain from nervously checking your phone.