How to: Prepare for your First meeting with a Government Official

So it's your first time to prepare for a meeting with a government official? Great. Having a schedule pencilled in for a specific date is already a small victory, especially if the official you’re about to meet has no idea who you are, where you come from, and if you’re even worth her/his time.

We both know that the real anxiety comes from something else: how do you make a lasting impact on this first meeting? Now that is the bigger challenge. Let’s face it, the truism “First impressions last” takes a whole other meaning when it’s with an influential and strategically powerful government official you want to (need to) influence.

This simple checklist is meant for people who are new to working with the Philippine government and are tasked to schedule a first meeting with a government official.

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