Master Your Meetings - Five Rules of Business Meeting Etiquette
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you are looking to come to an important decision or hoping to seal the
with a prospective client, face to face meetings are an opportunity to
truly make the most of.
of the essence so it is important not to waste business time with a
distractions- focus is key. A meeting is also not time to sit back and
others do the talking but a time to shine. A lack of etiquette and poor
planning are two of the main reasons business meetings fail; donít let
happen to you.
that you get it right, here is Easy Officeís advice on how to master a
Keeping is Key
meeting, formal or informal, it is impolite to turn up to a meeting
more importantly extremely unprofessional. Try to be there early so
have time to prepare and get relationships off to a good start by
introductions. If for unforeseen circumstances you do end up running
always phone ahead and take your seat with the minimal amount of
make your apologies known.
that first impressions count the most, so dress well and allow your
position yourself in the upmost of professional manners. It will also
something about your credibility and confidence. Take your appearance
and find others treating you with the respect you deserve.
matter how good you are at bluffing your way through things, preparing
meeting and arriving with the correct knowledge and materials is an
must. Be ready to take notes on any of the agreements that are made for
reference, so donít forget a pen and paper or an IPad for the more tech
amongst us. Speaking of technology, donít forget to switch off any
could cause a rude distraction.
are your meeting will be one of many things people have to turn their
to on that day. Donít make a meeting over run by discussing unrelated
they can be dealt with on a further occasion. For those who often lose
time, make sure an agenda is made available and ensure that it is stuck
where possible. Donít interrupt people when they are speaking, and
with seniority to speak first- your time will come.
been said in the boardroom should remain confidential until agreed
Doing so could be considered a serious breach of business etiquette
lead to unfavourable relationships. What has been discussed should be
considered and treated with confidentiality.
these rules and you are bound to go far, making a long
lasting, professional impression amongst colleagues and clients alike;
thank us later.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-12-03 09:15:30 in Business Articles