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Business Etiquette Rules to Follow in Corporate Meetings

CareersandCareers 20 March, 2019

If you’re new to the corporate environment, you may soon be attending your first corporate meeting. You’ll want to make a good impression. This consists of presenting a professional demeanor, adding value to the meeting and abiding by business etiquette. Here’s what to know.

Don’t be the Last to Arrive

Be on time to the meeting. You don’t have to be the first, but you should definitely avoid being the last.

Sit According to Station

The power players will take seats at the head of the table. Find a colleague who is at the same level as you and sit near or next to them. Never put yourself in an awkward position where you have to give up your seat to a top exec because you didn’t sit according to your station.

Plan Comments Ahead of Time

If you’d like to contribute a comment, plan it out on paper ahead of time. If someone else makes a similar comment first, don’t repeat it. Instead, move on to your next planned comment and interject it at the appropriate time.

Don’t Interrupt

Never cut someone off who is in the midst of a sentence. Always wait a beat before speaking, in case they aren’t finished.

Make Eye Contact

Don’t keep your head down the whole time, hoping no one will “call on you.” This isn’t high school. Make eye contact occasionally, and look at the person who’s speaking.

Answer Questions Truthfully

If you’re suddenly asked for a status update on something and you don’t yet have the answer, don’t lie. Instead, say it’s still pending and you’ll follow up when you have definitive answers.

These business etiquette tips will help you navigate any corporate meeting you happen to attend. The more you attend, the more comfortable you’ll be, but always follow these etiquette rules.