Meetings are like a game of chicken: it can be a great way to introduce yourself, but they can also be awkward and uncomfortable for the other person.
The more you can hide behind a business meeting as a cover story, the more chances you have of being seen as a potential date, said Jessica Krieger, a personal finance writer and business consultant in Los Angeles.
“If you’re not willing to hide behind the meeting, it’s just too much to hope that someone else can walk up and say, ‘Hey, thanks for coming out to meet with us.'”
A business meeting is also a good time to introduce someone to a potential business partner, but avoid giving too much away.
“The business meeting itself isn’t as important as the meeting afterwards,” Kriegers said.
“You should always try to introduce them to other people.”
This article originally appeared on New York magazine.