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.