We’ve all seen it happen before – bad meeting etiquette. What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meeting can help (or hurt) their career. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts to earn more respect at work.
- 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.
- 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.