CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUN. 19, 2014
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Simple Ways to Stand Out and Shine at the Next Company Meeting

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If you’re like most people, company meetings are not something to jump up and down about in excitement. At the mention of the next meeting, most employees want to run for the hills. In my personal experience, I never enjoyed attending company meetings until I made a decision. Many meetings are mandatory. So, I started thinking that since I had to attend, I might as well make the best of the situation. That’s when things started to change for me—when I changed my perspective and tried to become proactive. This article will address some steps on simple ways to stand out and shine at your next company meeting.

Change your Perspective and Become Proactive

Perspective is a major key to success in whatever situation you find yourself in. If everything you see is viewed through negative lenses, then you’ll have a hard time succeeding in your career and professional life. The idiom, seeing everything through rose-colored glasses, is at the other end of the perspective from the former negative view. (Source: thefreedictionary) So what’s the correct way to handle perspective? It’s all about finding a balance. For example, the following steps are ways to handle business meetings with a better perspective.

Realize the benefits of positively participating in company meetings.

  • A positive perspective can change your attitude and motivate you to participate.
  • A positive perspective is contagious and can boost office morale.
  • A positive perspective is a great way to catch the professional eye of supervisors.

Due Diligence Can Make All the Difference

This is where the rubber meets the road. If you want to stand out and shine at the next company meeting, you need to come prepared. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Simple but sage advice, which can help you succeed if you pay attention to the wisdom of it. If you want to stand out, you need to speak up. However, you don’t want to make unintelligent statements. You need to know the specific purpose of the meeting. If an agenda has been prepared, ask your supervisor if you can take a look at it to get prepared beforehand. Such a request will place you in a good light and your supervisor will remember your effort.

Doing your homework has many benefits while attending company meetings.

  • Being prepared enables you to make informed, intelligent comments.
  • Being prepared enables you to offer helpful suggestions and ideas.
  • Being prepared enables you to ask intelligent questions or voice concerns.
  • Being prepared enables you to be an active contributor to the company.

Practice Makes Perfect and Breeds Success

This step is just as vital as the first two mentioned. Once you’ve changed your perspective and done your homework, the next step is to practice your “performance.” Of course, you’re not going to actually “perform” in the meeting, but you need to take some time to basically rehearse your thoughts and possible remarks. This step is important for both formal and informal meetings. You don’t have to practice for hours on end, but you do need to make a diligent effort. Take the time to understand how the flow of meetings usually happens. For example, are employees permitted to speak up? Are there “rules” to follow during the meetings? It is vitally important to follow the rule of decency and order and obey the rules. Don’t become disruptive in your remarks. That would be a sure way to negate your efforts to succeed.

Practicing your remarks has many benefits while attending company meetings.

  • Practicing increases the probability you’ll be less nervous to speak.
  • Practicing increases the probability you’ll speak with less errors.
  • Practicing increases the probability you’ll be noticed professionally by management.

Follow up is Important and Vital to Succeed

Even if you have stood out and made an effort to shine in the next company meeting, that won’t be the only way to succeed. This last step is vitally important to succeed. Any ideas or suggestions that had been presented during the meeting need to be implemented. If you are not the person directly involved in implementing these ideas, don’t think you shouldn’t still follow up. When you make an extra effort to follow up with management regarding these ideas from the meeting, it shows an added initiative and again places you in a good light.

Following up with management has many benefits after attending company meetings.

  • Follow up showcases your initiative and keeps you in the eye of management.
  • Follow up provides an extra opportunity for you to continually grow professionally.
  • Follow up creates  more opportunities for you to showcase your skillset
  • Follow up increases the chances of you receiving a promotion at work.

Resources for In-depth Study on the Subject

Deborah Wipf shares some excellent advice on how to stand out in your next company meeting in her article in Multi Briefs. She shares advice on the following: nonverbal cluesfacial expressionsbody languagemeeting etiquette and communication skills. All of which are important skills to master in order to stand out and shine in your next company meeting.  

Standing out and shining at a company meeting is not a difficult task provided you follow simple steps. There are many bad ways to stand out which won’t benefit you at all in your career goals. Changing your perspective and becoming proactive is the first step toward standing out in a good light. Doing your homework is the diligent way to ensure your success at the meeting. Rehearsing your remarks may sound silly, but it will pay off in the long run. Don’t forget about the follow up. This may be one of the most important steps of all. It can create a lasting impression of your initiative and perseverance to the upper management.  

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