It's Wednesday, 10am, and Sarah's getting the meeting room ready while a few people begin to walk in. Pete is chatting with Steve about cars, while Jessie dances in singing. Henry's already got his notepad out and Stacy is nowhere to be seen.
One meeting, many different behaviours. In this article, we explore how the way we act in meetings affects what people think about us and discuss what we should and shouldn't do before, during and after a meeting.
The way you act in meetings matters
A room full of people often has many voices, many behaviours and many personalities. There's one person who always arrives late, another who everyone seems to listen to and another who seems to pay more attention to their phone than the meeting.
But meetings aren't just a way to fill up time in your week. They serve an important purpose: a way to update staff on important company news, discuss problems, create solutions, make plans and set tasks for afterwards. And if they don't have these things, well, they really should have.
Be a 'participant', not an 'attendee'
Although we use the word 'attendees' to describe people who go to a meeting, don't be a person who just 'attends'. Another (probably better) word is also used to describe people who attend meetings: 'participants'. You should aim to 'participate' or 'take part in' a meeting - which involves more than just being in the room. If a meeting is important enough for you to be there physically, then it's also important enough for you to be there mentally.
The way you behave says as much about who you are as a person as it does about how professional you are as a worker. So, as participants in a meeting we should always try to help make it a success. We should believe in ourselves enough to know that we have something valuable to share, while doing what we can to encourage our workmates to be involved too.
With that said, let's take a look at the dos and don'ts of any meeting.
The Do's and Don'ts of Business Meetings
Which of these things do you do in meetings? Share your thoughts by writing a comment below.