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Meetings happen to everyone almost everyday. When working in a company, you would at least know what the word ”meeting” means the least. You might have even organized one on a large scale. Meetings are as important to the business as the business itself. Without it there would be no co-ordination between people in an organization.
A meeting is a formal interaction between people in a business. Even an interview of a prospective candidate can be considered as a meeting. As part of soft skills training, training managers have always valued the importance of meeting etiquette. Having good manners during meetings helps the meetings in various ways.
So what are these etiquette?
You need sound preparation before getting into a meeting. If you didn’t have time to prepare, at least note down quickly what you want to discuss. Well-prepared itineraries make meetings fruitful. Lack of preparation is a waste of time. For you and your fellow participants.
Switch off your mobile phone
Don’t turn on your mobile devices. It can cause disturbance during the meeting. You should remember that turning off your mobile phone does not mean switching it off. It means just keeping it in silent mode. You can always message back the caller saying that you are in a meeting. The best option would be to set something up automatically.
Speak and let speakDo not interrupt anyone’s speech. Try to raise your hand when you want to speak. In a meeting room with a lot of people talking, raising your hand should not be a problem. It will actually be a nice way of saying that you want to speak.