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California is the economic powerhouse of the United States. In 2016 the state grossed over $2 trillion, the largest GDP in the US, comparable to the entire GDP of some countries. So the odds that you will find yourself booking business meetings in the “Golden State” are more than likely. To help you mitigate the stress of looking for the right place to hold your meetings, we’ve aggregated the best tips to successful business meetings in California.
California is a great place to vacation, but working means you don’t have the same freedoms and luxury regarding your dress code. To be blunt, California is HOT. How hot? It isn’t uncommon to wake up to a 30 degree (Celsius) morning, and have the sun blast you with rays up to 40 degrees (Celsius) by mid-day. Now don’t let mother nature discourage your business plans, just dress accordingly! Lightweight fabrics are your best friend while in California.
Okay, there was no way to avoid this next bit of news. While California is an economic powerhouse and one of the most beautiful places on earth, it has one dark secret that cast a shadow across its vast paradise: Traffic. California – specifically Southern California – has the worst traffic in the United States. It isn’t uncommon for business meetings to be delayed or outright cancelled due to bad traffic, but locals are extremely familiar with the way traffic flows in the state. So to guarantee you don’t shoot yourself in the foot, head to your appointment earlier that you otherwise would. Worst case scenario you will have some time to kill. Beats losing a sale any day of the week!
Throwing your business tactics out the window and being spontaneous can go a long way in a world where everyone and their mother is a budding entrepreneur/business expert. Back in June we recommended the benefits of a “Walk and Talk” meeting. Take the idea of an unconventional meeting and apply it to sunny California: Hit the beach! You get to mix business with pleasure and your client will welcome the change of pace. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of the best beaches in the state to get the ball rolling!
If you know your client is a traditionalist or you have too many meetings back to back to start flipping the script on what constitutes a routine meeting, keep it low key. As eccentric and romanticized as California tends to be, it has a plethora of options for those seeking a more familiar location for a business meeting. A Food Affair offers a more intimate setting for a tete a tete. If you’re looking for something a bit more business casual, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel will be right up your alley.
There you have it. Follow the 4 best tips to successful business meetings in California and you’re already on your way to winning the day!