Show respect for the other party – If you decide to take notes using an electronic device, be aware that those around you can easily tell the difference between taking notes and chatting on a social media platform or answering your emails.
Show genuine interest, and participate – Prepare yourself prior to meetings so you can offer meaningful insight and ask smart questions. That is not to say you should chat with people near you while someone else is talking. Talking on top of other people is just plain rude – we teach it to our children, so let’s practice it!
Turn your cell phone off – If you are expecting a call and need to take it during a meeting, set your phone to vibrate and take the call outside of the room.
Mind your voice - I am a loud South American woman, but as my co-workers can attest, I have two different voice volumes – my business volume, and my “hereditary Latin” volume! Loud, disruptive conversations and laughter can also make you look unprofessional - even in South America, I can assure you that.
Lately, I have noticed that many of us have become unaware of how unprofessionally we present ourselves when we pull out our electronic devices during meetings to check social networks or answer emails. I used to get upset at my students for doing the same during class, but I am actually more amazed at the fact that seasoned professionals have picked up this unpolished practice as well.
Just think about it – when you attend a business meeting or a seminar, you are not only representing your employer, but you are also marketing yourself as a professional. So, the next time you attend a meeting, remember that business etiquette is still very much in vogue – and people do notice it!
Cíntia Miranda is the president of Pulse Marketing Agency. Learn more about her work at www.pulsemarketingagency.com.