Meetings are a very important part of every business organization. Managers and top business executives spend a large chunk of their time in business meetings and conferences. If you are new to the business world, you need to quickly make a commitment to attend these meetings. But you need to have it in mind that there are certain behaviors that are unacceptable.
In this article, we are going to be looking at some things you should never do during a business meeting.
Checking your phone regularly
There are tons of reasons why you may want to check your phone. You may be skimming through work-related emails or may be expecting a very important call. There are tons of ways for you to justify why you are checking your phone during a business meeting. But in the end, they are not going to hold up. You are going to be seen as unprofessional.
Ensure that your phone is on silent during a meeting. Only check your phone when you feel a buzz. If you happen to receive a message, during a meeting, wait for some time before responding to it.
Typing on your laptop.
It is good to take note on your laptop during a very important discussion or talk. That said, you need to have it in mind that there is a difference between typing a few points and writing the entire presentation. Typing constantly is going to distract and annoy your colleagues. If you must note things down on your laptop, then do it discreetly.
Disrespecting your workmate
You may have the urge to talk down to a co-worker if his presentation uses the same phrases over and over again. But the truth is that there is never an excuse to be disrespectful. Muttering or making unpleasant comments is not a good idea become someone might notice it. The next time someone says something to you, resist the desire to react and do all you can to keep yourself under control.
Sleeping during a business meeting can hurt you in a lot of ways. For starter, you are going to be seen as disrespectful. If you feel tired before a meeting, take some coffee to boost your energy levels. Or better still you can take a quick break to the restroom.
Applying the tips in this article will make you become a better business person.