The first meeting is almost always awkward. There’s only so much you can say about the weather and the traffic, and the pressure that comes with wanting to make a good first impression clearly won’t do anything for your conversational skills. What you need is information, even just the basics, about the person you’re about to meet.
If you have the luxury of time, then you could do a search and Google to browse his or her social media profiles. But if you’re running on a tight schedule, the best you can do is pull up a quick 30-second briefing of whoever you’re meeting using Refresh.