If you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, you've probably already thought a lot about how to make a good first impression. You know you need to dress professionally, for example, and make eye contact. Perhaps you've even thought about things like the strength of your handshake or the genuineness of your facial expressions. But you probably never thought about one key ingredient for winning over your audience: the way you enter a room.
If you feel like you spend half your working hours sitting in a meeting, you're not alone. According to research compiled by Fuze, an online meetings service provider, there are 25 million meetings every day in the US. It's probably safe to say that they're not all fueling creativity and driving business results.
Lunchtime is work-time at many offices. If you're not hunched over your keyboard, typing while eating, you're probably at a lunch meeting, schmoozing while eating. If you're stuck planning one of these work-and-eat sessions, you're also in charge of making sure it's a good use of everyone's time. So how can you do three things at once?
When was the last time you actually had a meeting that accomplished something? Unless you own the company, chances are that you can't make every meeting a productive one, but when you are in charge, there's a lot you can to do to make meetings a better use of everyone's time.