THE FOUR WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO IN A MEETING
Meetings... whether you love them or hate them, in most work environments they are almost impossible to avoid. Some meetings are super engaging an keep you interested from begining to end and others...well others just make you want to put your fingers through your eyes and into your brain and swirl it around---ok that's a bit dramatic, but am I right?! Anyway, since you most likely have to put up with them, here are four things you SHOULD NOT do during a meeting:
1. Looking at your phone- This one is hard. Nowadays phones are like a body part that you feel you can't live without and it's no surprise you bring it with you EVERYWHERE. But a meeting, no matter how boring or insignificant it may seem to you, is part of your job. Someone deemed this meeting important or necessary and by constantly looking at your phone or watch, you are sending a clear message: you don't care. Keep your phone tugged away or even better, don't even bring it to the meeting--I'm pretty sure you'll be fine. And this includes your work phone, if you have one.
2. Not taking notes- Taking notes is a good way of showing you care and are paying attention. It is also a great way to remain awake during a particualrly long and not so interesting meeting. This shows the presenter that you respect their time and their work. No matter how small, short or informal the meeting may be, always bring a notepad and a pen and take some sort of notes--even if you only write down the date, it shows commitment from your end.
3. Talking or whispering to the person next to you-This is so disrespectful! In my opinion, no one should be talking while there is someone presenting. It's distracting for the speaker not to mention rude and unnecessary. If there is something you have to say, you should say it to the entire group when you are provided the chance to speak. Anything that does not have to do with the meeting or that could potentially be a related side-bar discussion, can wait until after the meeting is over.
4. Yawning or falling asleep-This may be the worst one. I still don't understand how some people fall asleep during a meeting. I mean unless you have a known condition that causes you to fall asleep virtually anywhere, you should not snooze during the monthly team meeting. If you feel tired, splash some water in your face, go get some coffee or a red bull, pinch yourself, I dont care what you do, just don't fall assleep or yawn incessantly during the meeting. This is just straight up rude! I'd rather have you miss the meeting than see you snoozing in the corner next to Billy. Don't...just don't.
I am sure we have all been one of these four offenders--I have. But sometimes it takes being in the presenter's shoes to acknowledge how distracting and even rude these 4 things can be in a meeting. So next time you are in a meeting, remember to be respectful to the presenter becasue it could be you standing there speaking at the next meeting and karma is a mean b^@%#%!