Two people in a business meeting

Here are three tips on how one should prepare for any business meeting. If you do these you will find that meetings will rarely throw up surprises.

1. Check your action points from the previous meeting and prepare a brief statement about what progress has been made. It’s also worth checking if anyone in your department has also followed through especially if you had a contingent action.

2. Read the minutes from the previous meeting, this may seem tedious but you can sometimes catch actions missed previously or incorrect points. Let the secretary know of errors before the meeting.

3. Turn up on time or send apologies. If you believe that you may run late due to a previous meeting let the chairperson know. If you are on time it won’t make a difference, if you hit traffic or a delay in an underground line at least the attendees will know the cause and you won’t enter at a disadvantage.

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Steve Brooks
Steve Brooks has worked in IT for nearly 30 years, working through different roles to CIO in a number of vertical markets including Finance, Manufacturing and Real Estate. A qualified Project Manager. He spent 17 years at Savills plc, a FTSE 250 real estate company, rising to CIO before leaving in 2012. Steve is Director of Consultancy at Synonym Ltd and while studying at Henley Business School for his MBA was deputy editor at www.business-cloud.com, a Dods Group publication. He joined CIC as an associate consultant in 2013. He is a member of BCS and an associate member of the Institute of Directors.

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