Meeting behavior has always intrigued me. I was usually the one rushing in late as others would roll their eyes to communicate their disapproval. It took me a long time to figure out that by being late to a meeting I was really disrespecting the other meeting participants.
I would watch other department leaders offer their quick concise reports, and I would usually give my update. Then before the meeting was over, I would have to interject something that I had forgotten.
If only someone would have taught me about how I could motivate others around me by coming to meetings more prepared.
What impression do you leave in meetings? Are you the positive role model of a professional?
Does your meeting behavior make people feel better because you were there – or not?
This article written by Ruby Newell-Legner, a nationally recognized training expert and a friend of Baudville. Learn more about Ruby at www.RubySpeaks.com.