Things You Should Never Do During A Business Meeting

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. falling asleep

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.

Negative Thoughts you Need to Kick before Starting a business

Starting a business is not and has never been easy. Getting it past the two year mark is even a much harder task. But that doesn’t mean your business can’t flourish within the first year. It’s very much possible if you stay focused and get rid of the following negative energy that may try to hinder you from success.

Always ready to give up

Most people starting business are always ready to give up when things get thick. Do you know how many times the famous business people in the world tried and failed before succeeding? According to most of them, they tried and failed multiple times. But they always picked themselves up, dust themselves off and live to fight another day. And that’s the fighting spirit that you should also have before you start a business.

Overconfidence and lack of confidence

Being overconfidence and lack of confidence can cost your business a lot. So don’t be too confident or have low self esteem issues if you want to build a successful business. Just be confident enough in your abilities and you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

Unwilling to take risks

Starting a business is a risky affair. The fear of the unknown is what hinders most people from taking even bigger risks when a great opportunity presents itself. If you want to see your business flourish, you must be willing to take risks.  Don’t let the fear of failure stand between you and success.

Hesitation in decision making

If you had the powers to predict the outcomes of the choices you make, business would be booming. But since you don’t have any supernatural powers, decisions have to be made –and the quicker the better. And the ‘unfortunate’ bit about starting your own business is that decision making lies entirely with you.

Be decisive, even if it means being wrong.  That’s just how businesses operate.

Afraid of seeking professional advice

Seeking professional advice from experts, consultants and even business people in the field you want to venture into doesn’t make you weak in any way. Go out there and ask these people as many questions as you like until you get all the answers you seek.

But also remember wise people seek WISE counsel. Don’t take advice from every business person you come across.

Do you know about these Biggest Business Mistakes in History? Know how to avoid them!

Making mistakes is a part of human behavior. Learning from mistakes is great and valuable. But there are two ways to do that. Make your mistake and learn or study what can go wrong by others mistakes.

Check out following business blunders in history with how to avoid it tips.

New Coke

Coca-cola Company decided to remove its signature drink in 1985 and introduced a new signature drink named New Coke. By the late 1970s, Pepsi was taking market share of Coco-Cola. Coke’s market research concluded that the problem was its flavor. Pepsi was winning it all by those changing taste. So coke came up with New Coke idea.

Coke underestimated the power of brand loyalty and so the new product highly failed on the market.

How to avoid tip – If you are doing something good keep doing it. The other might not be able to snatch your loyal customers. If you do such kind of mistake, you probably won’t get as lucky as Coke did.

JCPenney

For a long time, JCPenney was the go-to discount clothing retailer. They had more than thousands of stores offering the low price. Everything changes when the company hired former Apple retail boss Ron Johnson to take over as CEO in 2012. Johnson made many mistakes from changing company’s logo for three times in three years into pushing brands like Levi’s to open their mini store inside JCPenney. He even fired company’s long-term advertising agency. All he did was a major fail.

How to avoid tip – Don’t try to be something you’re not, ever! Change is good but meaningless change is worst.

PETS.COM

PETS.COM reminds us a sock puppet. The company went into its own hype ignoring fundamentals. Hummer Winblad the owner of the company didn’t bother to perform any independent market research. Ware there even customers interested in the home delivery of fake mice and rubber bones?  Investor’s $50 million disappeared into the name of history just like.

How to avoid tip – Never take the power of market research for granted. Develop a business plan before you execute the actual one.

EDSEL

EDSEL is an example of spending a lot in market search and then ignoring it.

During the mid-1950s Ford spent millions of dollars to its researchers to develop a new mid-priced brand that will stand out in the market. But in three years EDSEL journey, FORD only managed to sell 118,000 of them. They lost almost $250 million. If we study what went wrong, the first thing comes to mind is the name. Ford spent good time and money after name research but at the end, Ford’s chairman picked EDSEL (the name of founder’s late son).

How to avoid tip – Follow the research and especially when you spent the good fortune after it.

Tie up of Quaker and Snapple

Snapple was a huge hit at small retailers in the 90s. Quaker thought the tie-up could make billions of money. So they paid $1.7 billion for Snapper. But the other competitors like Coco Cola took the market over by introducing the product like Fruitopia. So the tie-up turned out to be a big flop for Quaker. In 1997, Quaker sold Snapple for $300 million. How to avoid tip – Always see your competitors move and especially when you’re planning something big.

There’s a quick lesson to learn from all these mistakes made by big companies.