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How to Make Good Impressions During Meetings

What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meetings can help (or hurt) their career. There are certain times at work where employees are scrutinized for their behavior: When giving presentations, when leading projects, when dealing with conflicts, and you guessed it…when in meetings. So if you want to climb the career ladder, become an expert in how to handle yourself during meetings.
Business meetings can often be dull and boring and all you want is to run away and never look back. Some of these boring meetings do not have to happen if you organize yourself properly. First of all, make sure there is an actual need for a meeting. Sometimes the matter can be discussed through email or phone calls and arranging the meeting for this will be nothing else but a waste of time. However, if it’s important to schedule one, make sure you don’t go unprepared. Set your goals and find out why this meeting is important and what you will gain from it. Find ways to make it more interesting which will certainly contribute to the productivity of the meeting
Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to earn respect during meetings

DO:
Review the meeting agenda and be sure you understand the objectives/goals of the meeting.

Prepare for the discussion, by conducting any necessary research.

Show up on time or, better yet, a few minutes early.

Say hello to other attendees and introduce yourself to anyone you don’t know.

Participate in the meeting and pay attention to what’s happening.

Think before you speak – and make sure that what you say is relevant to the topic being discussed.

Solicit comments and opinions of quiet attendees by asking them for their thoughts.

Take responsibility for completing (on time) any action items you’re assigned.

DON’T:
Show up late and then disrupt the meeting with your arrival.

Interrupt others when they are talking.

Speak just to hear yourself talk.

Check emails or voicemails during the meeting.

Use your computer, unless you are taking meeting notes.

Lose your temper, yell, or throw things.

Put down other people’s ideas.

Use any non-verbal communication to show your displeasure with what others are saying, such as crossing your arms across your chest and rolling your eyes or sighing heavily.

Bottom Line: How you behave during meetings can have a positive or negative impact on your career – the choice is yours to either earn respect and gain opportunities, or lose respect and lose opportunities. Choose wisely.

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