Setting a tone of professionalism is important when you’re being "professional." This includes how you show up; not just in self-presentation, but in attitude.
When you visit an office, business or workplace, you’ll communicate right away who your hosts are dealing with through your body language, greeting, and whether or not you blend in with the corporate culture of the office.
A professional guest leaves no stone unturned. You've done your homework and know in detail where you are going, how you will get there, with whom you are meeting, and when you should arrive.
The people at the front line of most offices have more power than you may think. The receptionist, clerk, or assistant absolutely takes note of your cooperation skills when you are asked to sign in and/or wait.
Your regard for the company policy on visitors is part of the first impression you make as a professional guest. Whether you are selling something or an employee visiting another company location, always remember that the impression you give at the front desk flows throughout the organization!
And don't think your job title or position makes you immune to a negative impression at this level of your visit. Quite the opposite. If you are a VIP at the place you are visiting, you will know it immediately. But if the person at the front line doesn't recognize you and asks you to sign in, friendliness and cooperation could be your golden ticket.
A true professional guest maintains mindfulness and respect for the work environment and people encountered during a visit. Wear an attitude of equality. Every person you meet is worthy of consideration and courtesy.
If you happen to be the victim of an unfriendly reception, or inexperienced hosts, do the best you can do. Always remain friendly and respectful. After all, you are only visiting.
There is hope that your professionalism will be an example to them.