How to be more effective in meetings!
Meetings are a common stage where you are on show in front of colleagues from multiple departments and the senior management.
Leaving a professional impression in meetings is a key factor in building and maintaining a positive reputation. There are five core behaviours to follow:
- Send key messages: Less is more, be well prepared and deliver defined messages, showcase your knowledge.
- Timing: Don’t speak to early on particular topics, don’t repeat yourself; say the most important at the end of the dialogue/meeting, everybody will remember. Say nothing if there is nothing to say from your side. You will set yourself apart from the serial talkers.
- Don’t compete: Avoid entering unofficial competition with colleagues and politics; focus on your key messages and stay professional.
- Certainty and confidence: You will be best when well prepared; if asked questions you do not have the answer (yet), take notice and assure to deliver after the meeting.
- Body language: If someone delivers a statement you agree with, wait for eye contact with the person and nod. It will help you and the speaker to gain confidence and you look like a person with a high influence.