Check out these do’s and don’ts to earn more respect at work.
I once had a new boss with horrific meeting behavior. He would show up late to his own meetings, interrupt others in mid-sentence, and his anger often boiled over into temper tantrums – even to the extent of throwing things during meetings.
We’ve all seen this happen before: poor meeting etiquette. Take a look around during the next meeting you attend, and you’ll most likely see co-workers or managers who embarrass themselves by their unprofessional behavior.
What some people don’t realize is that how they act during meetings can help — or hurt their career. There are certain times at work when upper management and HR personnel scrutinize employees 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 into higher-level jobs, become an expert in how you handle yourself during meetings.
- Review the meeting agenda and be sure you understand the objectives/goals.
- Prepare for the discussion ahead of time, by conducting any necessary research.
- Show up on time or, better yet, be 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. This requires leaving your emails and texts unchecked until after the meeting.
- 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.
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- 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, texts or voice mails during the meeting.
- Use your computer, unless you are taking meeting notes or the meeting leader has asked you to do something during the meeting.
- Lose your temper, yell or throw things.
- Put down other people’s ideas.
- Use passive-aggressive negative behavior, such as crossing your arms across your chest and rolling your eyes or sighing heavily if you disagree with what someone is saying.
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.