How to use your meetings to stand out in your workplace

Xander Groesbeek

Xander Groesbeek

Founder Rate My Meeting

Meetings can seem like an ordinary part of your workday, but, if you approach them strategically, they can also give your career a boost.

When you speak up at meetings, “you’re creating visibility, you’re showing that you’re a thought leader,” said Joel Garfinkle, an executive coach and author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. “You’re showing that you’re comfortable in that environment.”

You handle your everyday meetings. Some are tough, some are successful. To use your meetings to stand out in your workplace, make sure you continuously improve your meeting skills. Focus specifically on:

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We're living in a rating economy

Xander Groesbeek

Xander Groesbeek

Founder Rate My Meeting

Rating experiences is not new. But the Internet economy has grown the number of things we rate. Where we started rating a hotel visit and in-store shopping experience using a card or survey, today we rate more. Asking for a rating has become easier, and so did providing that rating.

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Recent research shows this drives effective meetings

Xander Groesbeek

Xander Groesbeek

Founder Rate My Meeting

So you're trying to run an effective meeting? Likely you are fed up with the little value you feel you get out of them. Rest assured: you are not alone. In a recent survey we conducted for Rate My Meeting, only 27% said to feel productive in their meetings. Most (45%) feel like time is wasted. And yes, this correlates significantly with the size of the organization. With an average of 8.5 hours per week spend in meetings (~ 1 workday per week), that is a bad emotion to associate with meetings and thus your work.

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A frustration about meetings

Xander Groesbeek

Xander Groesbeek

Founder Rate My Meeting

First, on me, I am an ex-consultant, ex-corporate with about 9 years of work experience. Since I left my corporate job last year, I have been wandering around the start-up world. I launched Surprise.date, Dogswelcome and some smaller 'idea balloons'. I also participated in the Antler accelerator program this summer. And it is this adventure that taught me about proper product-market fit validation.

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