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Show your meeting moxie

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Ever notice at meetings how some people effortlessly gather attention and recognition while others struggle even to get noticed? Keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard isn’t enough in today’s workplace. Smart professionals employ meeting moxie to make themselves memorable. Here’s how:

Show up!
This may sound obvious, but it’s too easy not to attend an optional meeting because the work is piling up on your desk. Go anyway. You can’t be remembered if you’re not even there! 

Do your homework.
If necessary, read through reports, e-mails, past meeting minutes or go online for additional information. You don’t want to answer, “I’m not sure” or “I’m not up to speed on this situation.”

Get support.
Gain allies before an issue is discussed by doing your homework in advance and identifying key players. Make these individuals aware of your position, and ask directly for their support.

Be prepared. Research shows that those who make fewer movements in a meeting are perceived as more credible and intelligent. Have your agenda, notes, writing instruments and any other necessary items with you, and make them easy to access.

Sit to be seen.
If you know where key players usually sit at a meeting, position yourself so you can easily make eye contact with them. When key players speak, make direct eye contact, which shows your respect and interest. When you speak, it also makes it easy for them to do the same.

Speak up!
People who speak up are perceived as powerful contributors to the meeting. If possible, speak up early in a group discussion. What if you don’t have anything to add? Piggyback off someone else’s comments. Example: Your colleague suggests implementing a new program, and you like her approach. Say, “That could be extremely effective, and I’d welcome putting it to work in my department.”

Follow up quickly. 
Do your best to follow up with any action items on your list while they’re still fresh in people’s minds. That leaves the impression that you know not only how to make things happen, but you can make them happen quickly! And, today, that makes you memorable.


Author: A former admin, Colette Carlson is a motivational speaker who specializes in assertive communication and is founder of

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