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How to Be Professional during a Meeting

Sometimes meetings are necessary and sometimes they can be a waste of time. Learn to be professional during any meeting with these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Be prepared Read all meeting materials sent to you in advance. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments.
  • Step 2: Be punctual Come to the meeting a few minutes early or exactly on time with the agenda and other materials in hand.
  • TIP: Silence your cell phone or put it on vibrate before you join the meeting.
  • Step 3: Listen Listen to the discussion and don’t interrupt anyone as they speak. Wait for a pause or raise your hand when you want to speak.
  • Step 4: Take notes Use your notebook and pen to take notes during the meeting so that you have them to refer to later.
  • TIP: If you use a laptop to take notes, try to stay focused on the matter at hand rather than checking e-mail and doing other tasks.
  • Step 5: Understand assignments Make sure you understand any current assignments and know if you have been assigned any new tasks.
  • FACT: Did you know? At one hotel in Miami, meetings can be held in teepees with pillows, a working fire pit, and power shots of vitamin-enriched smoothies.

You Will Need

  • An agenda
  • A notebook
  • A pen
  • A laptop (optional)

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