Monday, June 27, 2011

How to Stake a Claim in the Boardroom

It is important to make yourself known when you are entering a new workplace, specifically in a positive light. You don't want to look like a rookie, but you also want to be respectful of your superiors. The boardroom is a great place to showcase your ideas while still promoting an open platform for constructive criticism from your colleagues. Below are a few pointers from "Communication Clinic: How to be a great participant in meetings" on effectively staking your claim in the boardroom:

  • Prepare-Research. Find out all the information you can about the topic of the meeting as well as your role. If you have a large part in the presentation, make it a point to request a space in the agenda. That way, you will be guaranteed a portion of time where you can get your idea across with the undivided attention of all in attendance.
  • Engage-While you should always be early to meetings, get to them earlier so you can get the best seat in the house: next to the facilitator. Getting there early will also allow you to network with your colleagues and give you a chance to relax before your presentation.
  • Record-Take notes. It is always advisable to do so in the case that you have something to address during the meeting. Being informed will allow you to contribute in a calculated yet constructive manner.

  • Assert-If you have something to say, don't be afraid to say it. However, instead of interrupting or jumping into conversations, it may be effective to make eye contact with the facilitator or even raise your hand. When you are speaking to the room, be sure to make eye contact and execute your delivery. That is, sit up straight, project, and be clear and concise.
To read the full HRCommunicator article, click here.

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