- Arrive a few minutes early.
- Bring a pad and pen and, if appropriate, a tape recorder.
- Make frequent eye contact with him. Show that you are listening.
- Do at least one thing – ask a question or make a comment – that proves you have spent some extra time thinking about the meeting’s main topics.
- Answer questions promptly, energetically, and directly.
- Don’t do anything distracting or work on anything not directly related to the meeting.
- Follow up quickly – with an e-mail memo or phone call – that indicates (a) you are already working on the meeting’s problem, (b) you appreciate your boss’s contributions, and (c) you are positively motivated to achieve the objective.