Office meetings are a common method of communicating important information to groups of employees across departments as well as intra-department. You can get the most out of office meetings by following these simple tips:
Never be late for a meeting – It is disrespectful to the presenter and to those who came in on time. Whatever you are working on, drop everything, reschedule but attend the meeting on time. If you simply cannot get to a meeting on time, excuse yourself but don’t ever barge in halfway through (be sure though, that you have a really unavoidable situation that is preventing you from attending).
Pay complete attention – Most meetings are called for a specific purpose and hence won’t last too long. Pay complete attention; avoid looking at your mobile phone or speaking to your colleague seated next to you. Moreover, if you listen well, you could ask pertinent questions.
Jot down notes – Taking notes removes any ambiguity or doubt. It serves as a reference point for later. It also helps keep your attention levels to the optimum.
Ask relevant questions/offer a suggestion – If you have a question or can offer a suggestion, do so. Meetings are usually two-way, unless otherwise specified.
Don’t get argumentative – Don’t stress on something beyond a point.