Office Meetings: Suggestions

Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub

Office meetings, we all have them and we all dread them.  They can be unproductive but everyone suggests having one.  Whether or not anything is accomplished at a meeting, it can help or hurt your career.  How you handle a meeting can elevate you within your company.  Here’s what to do and not to do:

  1.  Never arrive late.  Be respectful and be on time.  Calling attention to yourself by being late will not win you any brownie points.
  2. Don’t interrupt and pay attention.  Interrupting is annoying and it will certainly earn you a bad reputation.  If you don’t agree with something, wait your turn to express your opinion.  Having to ask someone to repeat themselves or ‘bring you up to speed’ is rude.
  3. Be prepared.  No one will care why you are unprepared but they will remember you were.  It doesn’t matter if it’s bringing the subject matter or a pad and pencil.
  4. Don’t disagree.  You may not agree with what is being said but approach it in a positive manner.  Try to understand the position being discussed.
  5. Don’t rush out the door.  Thank your host and, if you have time, chat with other attendees.