7 Ways to Impress Your Boss at Meetings

  1. Arrive a few minutes early.
  2. Bring a pad and pen and, if appropriate, a tape recorder.
  3. Make frequent eye contact with him. Show that you are listening.
  4. 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.
  5. Answer questions promptly, energetically, and directly.
  6. Don’t do anything distracting or work on anything not directly related to the meeting.
  7. 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.
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