It’s very likely that most workers see their bosses only in meetings, the same applying to those holding management positions.
Depending on the size of your company, you may have to compete for your boss’ attention during each meeting, where all colleagues try and have a say.
Or, you may be excited to present a novel idea, only to have to share the credit with others.
While working as a team is important in many situations, you should also give yourself a chance to stand out in meetings with these tips.
Prepare – The most pragmatic way to get yourself noticed in company meetings is to prepare ahead of time. When you don’t know what is going to be discussed, you may not be able to contribute much, remaining quiet the entire time. However, if you request an agenda prior to the meeting, you can review the topics, and plan what you can contribute in the conference room. Additionally, you can email your boss or the meeting coordinator to ask for some time to present an idea or summarise a recent completed project.
Manage What You Say – Some individuals love to hear themselves talk, and they are usually the ones that are typically heard in meetings. Others simply interrupt or interject their points, because they want to be heard, as well. However, to get your boss to notice you, you should manage what you say, and do so wisely. For example, only speak when you are confident that you are correct, or that you have the evidence to back up your statements if you are challenged. Furthermore, always be courteous and polite when interacting with your coworkers, no matter how frustrated you may get. Meetings can get out of hand, and this is when people show their true colors. Make sure to show your professional side only by controlling what and how you say anything in meetings.
Follow Up – No matter how hard you try to stand out in meetings, there are others there, which often makes it impossible for your boss to truly pay attention to you. However, you always have the option of following up with her after the fact. A good tactic is to email her (and possibly the others involved) after the meetings to share statistics or examples of anything that was discussed. You can also follow up by sending questions or thoughts, which will make it clear to your employer that you were paying attention. Finally, approach her in the hall, or stop by the office, to discuss anything that you feel you weren’t able to get to in the actual meeting.
Meetings are often the only place we get to interact with our superiors.
However, with others there, it may be hard to get that person to see your worth to the company. Employ these three tips to get yourself to stand out in your next meeting.
Senior Trainer & Consultant
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