This week I started using all the knowledge I got from my classes. Working for a startup, now I see how things really happen. Yesterday was my first meeting to practice how to introduce the company. We went to a (speeder) from the Silicon Valley, a company specialized in making connections and introducing people. That’s exactly the reason why we were there, to make new connections and spread the word about our product.
It was all unexpected to me; I was summoned to the meeting just one day before without even knowing what it was about. I went as a listener, and it was a valuable experience. I think that for my first time, it was a positive thing that I was just listening and not actively participating in the meeting, that way I could pay a lot of attention to the presentation and to everyone’s reactions. We can learn a lot just observing too!
The lesson I learned was:
Study your audience very well!
First, you need to know who’s watching you, who are the people in your audience, because they feel important when you demonstrate that you know who they are. That is a natural characteristic of the human being: people like to be recognized. Second, you need to find out what they want and what they are doing there, what they are looking for.
Find out what your audience wants!
The meeting went well; we presented a new solution that made the audience interested in our product. I believe, though, that it could’ve gone better. I say that because I think that we failed a bit in knowing what the audience wanted. Our presentation wasn’t as objective as it should’ve been. Next time we will organize and plan ourselves better to be more objective. For my first meeting, I found it interesting just to observe, but next time I hope to be able to actively participate and practice what I’ve been learning at work and in classes.