Most prestigious way to enter a meeting room?

what is it? 

personally, i like to make a grande entrance by having someone mention that i'm about to enter the room (usually planned in advance with an analyst/associate to say it after i text them i'm 5 seconds away). when i enter, i usually just "hang up" from a pretend phone call (shows that i'm busy) BUT before putting the phone away i just spend a second or two scrolling up and down on my emails so people know that i'm busy (wink wink).

then.. and ONLY THEN do i greet everyone with a firm handshake, looking in the eyes, with a curt smile and arm on the shoulder. for women, it's also the same except i stand a bit closer so they can smell the musk from my colon.

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  • Associate 2 in IB - Gen
Jun 21, 2021 - 10:37pm

Took a long time to decide which monkey shit category since all 4 apply.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Jun 22, 2021 - 12:44am

Any of these 3 should serve as an attention grabber imo:

1) Guttural yelp resembling a raccoon or bobcat if you are looking for a more animalistic entrance. Also useful for courtship purposes if you want to bang a hot colleague 

2) WWE-style entrance. Set up bluetooth speakers in the meeting room beforehand, decide if you wish to go playlist route or just your favorite song, connect when the meeting is just about to begin and when you are in walking distance of the room. Ideally, you want your walk-in to jive with whatever music you are playing for rhythm & consistency purposes and for additional dramatic effect.

3) If all else fails, just Naruto-run into the meeting room. It might be divisive but it will resonate with people of high culture (anime watchers)

Best of luck!

Jun 23, 2021 - 2:36pm

1) Guttural yelp resembling a raccoon or bobcat if you are looking for a more animalistic entrance. Also useful for courtship purposes if you want to bang a hot colleague 

I shouldn't have opened this post while on an internship zoom call with camera on, this made me crack up

Jun 22, 2021 - 2:44am

At first people asked most prestigious cologne, I felt ok with that. Then people asked about food, I felt ok with that. And now way of entering. Alright... I will give 2 options, either don't enter at all, or come from window. Choose window as its exit options sound more interesting.

  • VP in IB-M&A
Jun 22, 2021 - 7:26am

Like this:

Client steps up to the table. They're digging in, preparing to take their best cuts at it. They know exactly what pitch I'm going to throw at them--it's the only pitch I have! But they're scared shitless.

I sit them down one-two-three. They pay a turn-and-a-half over market, setting a new high water mark for comps. They never had a chance. Embarrassing, really.

I think most men would like to feel--if even once in their life--what it must have been like to be Mariano Rivera coming out of the bullpen on any given night. Bruh.

Jun 22, 2021 - 10:54am


have a bunch of unpaid interns bring you in like this 


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Jun 22, 2021 - 3:24pm

Enter 20 minutes after the meeting has started. Be the last person to ask a question. Make sure the question is juiced up with all the buzzwords you can conjure. Bonus points if you are wearing round glasses and a windbreaker, and can take pauses and rub your chin while staring outside the window.

Also - leave the meeting before everyone else while exclaiming, "Sorry everyone. I have a strategic meeting with the board." Can be the school board. Or a literal whiteboard hanging in your office. Doesn't matter. 

#Bossman #Bosswoman #BossLGBTQ+

Jun 22, 2021 - 3:48pm

My boss used to pull some combination (often all) of these in manager meetings:

  • enter 10 minutes after the meeting has begun
  • apologize for being late - client call ran long - and announce you have a hard stop well before the scheduled end of the meeting, but you only need a few specific questions answered
  • proceed to rattle off the questions you need answered (nobody was asking questions yet but hey, you said you have a hard stop)
  • once your questions are answered, continuously interrupt the remaining presentation with random questions that were generally answered in the first 10 minutes when you weren't there
  • leave before the presentation is over, usually after receiving a phone call, apologizing and saying "sorry, I have to take this."
Jun 23, 2021 - 12:00am

Honestly the fake call part is pretty helpful.

My go-to convo is

Now, John, you've gotta wear clothes

in proportion to your physique.

There are definite dos and don'ts,

good buddy,

of wearing a bold-striped shirt.

A bold-striped shirt

calls for solid-colored

or discreetly patterned suits and ties.

Yes, always tip the stylist 15%.

Listen, John, I've got to go.

T. Boone Pickens just walked in.

Just joking.

No, don't tip the owner of the salon.

Okay, John? Right.

Got it.

Jun 23, 2021 - 8:49am

It looks like some of you are taking OP seriously for some reason... this is why people say bankers have no sense of humour.

Funnily enough though, OP does actually probe at a serious topic: What we would call "executive presence". There are lots of small things that you can do to project confidence. Not all of them can be taught, but some can.

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