You’ve got a critical client meeting and the stakes are high.

You judge the 30 minute drive to perfection, have the radio on full volume to motivate you, and the prime spot is vacant in the customer carpark when you arrive. You bowl on into the client’s reception in a frenzy of nervous anticipation and excitement.

Guess what – the first five minutes of the meeting are a bit of a disaster as your nervous energy dissipates.

If you are feeling nervous prior to an important meeting, rather than taking the prime spot in the car park, park two streets away and walk to the client’s office. The five-minute walk will relax you. Breathe deeply and your brain will be oxygenated and you will be thinking clearly. As you walk, replace the distraction of the music by visualising how you want the opening of the meeting to go.