Who you are meeting or speaking with, and the purpose of the encounter, really shouldn’t have an effect on how you approach the interaction. It especially shouldn’t shape how you “act” around those you are engaging with.
Your behavior should not be something you put
on for particular occasions like a hat.
You are not a hat!
No matter who is present in the room, being real and authentic transcends any kind of strategy or technique you may have for profiling people as either a decision maker, influencer, and simply everyone else.
Avoid a “one size fits all” mentality about who you think they are and what you think they want and stop any inclination to play a part or role in this interaction. Instead, make sure all are heard, their opinions valued, and that proper attention is paid to each person. Solutions and opportunities will then follow.