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Magnificent Meetings - 5 Tips for Success

It is already marked in your diary in red ink - MEETING. You wishyou could skip it because you have so much work to do. Deep ... there is another reason you would like to avoid ... - wha

It is already marked in your diary in red ink - MEETING. You wish
you could skip it because you have so much work to do. Deep down
though there is another reason you would like to avoid the
meeting - what if a colleague puts you on the spot and you make a
fool of yourself in front of everyone? Meetings make you nervous
and you never seem to make the impression you would like to.

Your impact at meetings will determine in a big way how well you
do in your career. In other words you will rise as high as your
communication skills will let you. Ability and competence in your
position is expected - how well you get your point accross will
make the difference between your opinion being valued and your
input getting forgotten one more time.

Look at any business leader, politician or community spokesperson.
What do they all have in common? The ability to speak in a way
that really gets people to listen even when people may not agree
with them. What success tips can you learn from effective
communicators that is applicable to your occupation?

1 Prepare in advance for the meeting. Make sure you are up to
date with the subject matter and that you have covered your area
of responsibility. Your confidence will grow when you can
anticipate what will be discussed. Walking into a meeting
unprepared is an invitation for tense moments and anxiety in case
someone catches you out. Thorough preparation is essential.

2 Rehearse what you will say. In your mind run through possible
scenarios with the people attending the meeting. Picture yourself
relaxed, confident and even enjoying yourself as you make your
voice heard. See the others listening attentively to what you
have to say and valuing your opinion. Make the pictures lifelike
with rich color, sound and feelings. I recommend doing this the
evening before the meeting, when you are relaxed, for at least
20 minutes

3 Speak with enthusiasm - lead and people will follow, if you
speak with energy and enthusiasm everyone else will assume that
they should be at least interested in what you have to say. If
you are not enthusiastic about your work, at least speak with
energy by sitting up and speaking with emphasis on key words.
Watch politicians on T.V. to see how they stress their point.

4 Anticipate objections and be ready with your response. What are
the questions you really do not want to be asked? Work out the
best responses and rehearse how you will take charge of the
situation.Then when the meeting takes place you will already know
what to say and can instead focus on listening to everyone else.

5 Exude certainty. Nobody wants to hear that you are not sure
whether you can do something. Be certain about what you can do,
and be direct when you need more information or more resources to
get something done. Whenever you hear someone agonising over
whether something can be done, notice the negative effect it has
on those listening, and remind yourself that you will not allow
the same to happen to you.

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