Many people struggle with attending meetings at their business. You may feel that you are not needed or that your opinion doesn’t matter. Yet, you need to arrive with purpose. Here are five tips on how to be smart when attending a business meeting.
- Do Not Multitask, Stay Focused On The Meeting
It is so easy to get distracted and start thinking about other aspects of your day. Then once you try and listen to the meeting you are focused on other things.
It is important to stay focused in meetings. Try and put your entire focus on the person directing the meeting and block everything else out. That way you can contribute fully and know what is going on.
- Bring A Pen And Paper For Note Taking
Note-taking is important and can help you remember the little details you may need later. However, it can be hard to retain a lot of information all at once.
Do yourself a favor and take notes.
- Keep The Goal Of The Meeting In Mind
Everyone knows that when you are in a meeting, things can get off track. You have to complete many tasks in your workday and don’t want to spend longer than needed in the meeting. Intelligent individuals will politely direct the meeting back to the goal at hand.
- Always Keep Eye Contact
Eye contact shows the person in charge of the meeting that you care about what is being discussed. It will also portray that you are serious about your job and what is discussed in the meeting. You can understand what someone is feeling and thinking when you keep eye contact.
- Only Use Phone For Informational Needs
It is so easy to get distracted by your phones in a meeting. Try not to touch your phone during a meeting unless it is to check for information.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved