Meeting Mistakes to Avoid

It is estimated that there are 11 million meetings in America each day. However, many professionals don’t know how to properly conduct themselves while in a business meeting. So, avoid these common meeting mistakes in the future.

Not respecting others’ time – There are not enough hours in the workday. Respect the time of others by being in your seat at the scheduled time. And, don’t make meetings longer than they have to be by discussing your vacation or last night’s game. That’s what water coolers are for.

Not waiting your turn – Interrupting colleagues, clients, or co-workers is disrespectful and unprofessional. Allow others the opportunity to speak and voice their opinions.

Not exhibiting decorum
 – A meeting is not the time or place for blue humor or dirty jokes. Nor is it an appropriate venue for profanity or obnoxious behavior. Keep it clean, and act like a professional.

Not giving people your attention – Smartphones make it too easy for us to become distracted and to tune out everyone else in the room. Not to mention, it’s rude to ignore someone who is speaking. Eliminate temptation by turning it off.