Meetings are one of the most humbling experiences ever. Work is already hectic as it is, given the pressure to perform and relate favorably with colleagues, office politics not to mention the culture.
The expectation is to be present, and confident enough because participation is required of you. The mere fact that you are sitting in the meeting indicates that your role is essential to the agenda of the said meeting.
Nonetheless, the pressure is sometimes overwhelming and the mind goes blank. A heart-wrenching circumstance that no amount of preparation can overcome.
Even so, a lot rides on those kinds of meetings. The kinds that you are afraid, that put you out of your comfort zone. That right there might be your chance to blossom, show up for yourself, and cement your brand in that company by showcasing what you are good at.
Therefore, here’s how not to mess up your one-time chance and leave a good impression that might see you invited for more of these meetings.
This is the best you can do. Get the agenda of the meeting and understand how that ties to your position or role. This will assist you to plan not just any material, but that which ties to the agenda. It will help you study your work, strategies, and reports all of which go into facilitating an apt conversation with your superiors.
Also, strive to identify other department representatives that will be present and how each relates to your role and the agenda of the meeting. This way you participate with relevant points.
One no brainier, everything is digital now, so get your Wi-Fi sorted, get the password credentials for the zoom, and set up appropriately.
Is key, full stop. You might feel out of place, outplayed by more outspoken colleagues, or just plain afraid. But all these works against you so you need to suck it up. There is no way out other than showing up, being present, and participate. Consequently, go heavy and hard on point number one. Prepare and prepare. Also, remember to speak up, articulate your point, and make your point. Go forth and participate.
3.Go with the flow
How the meeting pans out is not cast in stone. It is bound to go every which way. Hence with adequate preparation and some courage, you will be sober enough to be present and find the rhythm at which you move.
Remember your notes, be keen to listen to every point being presented, and have fun.
Meetings like these carry such great opportunities for parties involved. Therefore, leave a good impression. If the meeting isn’t virtual, don’t just rush out, stay a while longer, and create professional meaningful rapport with the management or client.