March 2, 2015
From trainer Barbara Pachter, here are ten rules for giving others a good impression about you during meetings:
- Greet office staff upon arrival. Usually, visitors forget to introduce themselves to administrative staff, and a mistake is made before the meeting even starts.
- Greet other participants. While people are arriving, introduce yourself to them if you don’t know them.
- Arrive on time. Not doing so is disrespectful.
- Groom well. It’s not acceptable to put on lipstick, brush hair, or clip fingernails at the table—but yes, it happens.
- Maintain proper posture. Don’t put your feet up or slouch.
- Pay attention. Don’t twist paperclips, read e-mail or other work while people are talking.
- Be prepared. Otherwise, you’re like the kid who gets caught skipping his homework.
- Don’t interrupt. It’s annoying.
- Don’t leave early unless you have to. If you do have to, say so in advance.
- Clean up after yourself. Throw away your discarded papers and soda cans.
Source: Joyce Hoff, Pachter & Associates, Cherry Hill, NJ, January 11, 1999. Pachter is the co-author of the Prentice Hall Complete Business Etiquette Handbook. Order this book now from Amazon.com Isbn 0131569511.