Business meetings primer?
June 29, 2009 3:52 PM Subscribe
What advice do you have for a shy person who's going to have to take an active role in business meetings for the first time in her career?
posted by kitcat to work & money (12 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
People *think* I'm fairly extroverted, but I become very shy in front of more than three people. While I'm cool with being shy, I don't want to appear shy in meetings.
I don't have a lot of experience with business meetings (I've taken a minor role in a few, but have mostly been the minute-taker). I get nervous and my mouth clamps shut. I can never figure out when it's my turn to talk, when/how I should interject or even whether I have any important information or opinions to contribute.
Any advice? I'd like to maybe hear about how you got used to business meetings, what little bits of wisdom you might have about them and how you figured out what your role in them would be. I've seen the annoying, constant interjector, the "always has bad ideas" and the "throws everything off track" types in action. Is there a good 'type' I can emulate?
Reading suggestions are also greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Oh, and if it matters, I'll be in the role of a business analyst. These will be IT-type meetings.