Even though I know better, every once in a while the universe gives me a reminder of how important it is to properly prepare for my key meetings. You know the meetings I’m talking about, the strategy meeting with the CEO, the business plan meeting with the investors, the team meeting to get everyone on the same page. In this case, I was meeting with a well known CEO. The briefing from his assistant was that we would meet in his office at 12:30 and then walk over for lunch at his favorite restaurant.
Usually, even with a nice early lunch meeting I would pack some high performance snacks. But this morning I was running a little late so I decided to roll the dice. As I walked into his office I was greeted by his assistant, “Hello Mr. Rippel, I apologize but he’s running a little late. He should be off the phone with his conference call in a few minutes.” Sixty minutes later, with no offer of water or anything, the door opens and I am rushed into the CEO’s office. He just finished polishing off a sandwich and here I am hungry, thirsty and on the spot to deliver my message concisely and powerfully.
Two hours later I withered out. There was nothing to drink or snack on in the meeting. Definitely not the way to conduct a high performance meeting. But I’m not writing this blog to slam this CEO or his staff. I’m sharing with you an embarrassing but revealing example of my own low performance preparation for a meeting. It just goes to show that the one time that you don’t properly prepare yourself you leave yourself vulnerable for low performance. Sustainable high performance is always a work in progress and proper preparation based on good habits is the first step.
Has this ever happened to you? I’d love to hear your experiences.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder