A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. So this year, why not make your resolution to impress your boss – and reap the rewards that follow!
Here are some top tips on how to make a positive impression in 2020 when planning a meeting.
1) Show initiative
One quality virtually everyone admires in their team members is initiative. And if you want to demonstrate that this is one of your key strengths, then don’t wait for your manager to ask you to do something. Keep one step ahead with ideas and actions.
Check their diary for potential meeting dates before they ask. If you know a meeting will take place, look for a few potential dates and propose them for approval.
They’ll appreciate your foresight, and value the time and effort you’ve saved them in either asking you to do it, or checking themselves.
2) Plan ahead
And don’t let the positive impressions stop there. Once you’ve agreed on the meeting date, maintain the momentum and secure a venue as soon as possible.
As well as demonstrating initiative and organisation and efficiency, booking your venue early gives you more choice over the date and preferred rooms. And this is one task that doesn’t need to take you long. Book Marriott Meeting Rooms online and you can search for and secure a meeting room for up to 30 people in the next 90 days in less than four minutes.
3) Know your attendees
Once you’ve secured your meeting venue and date, you can then move on to the next stage of wowing by finding out small but important details about your attendees.
Helpful insights such as how they’ll be arriving, any special dietary requirements or even just their favourite drinks will enable you to seamlessly anticipate their needs and wishes, and ensure that the meeting goes as smoothly as possible.
As your boss or team members bask in the compliments and appreciation of their guests; they’ll know that it’s down to you.
4) Plan the agenda
Have you heard the saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? If you want to contribute to the success of your meeting, then ensure you put together a well-planned agenda.
What’s the objective of the meeting? How much time is in the diary? What topics need to be discussed? Is any pre-reading or preparation required from attendees? Ask yourself lots of questions to put together a carefully considered plan.
Get approval on the agenda then distribute to all attendees in advance, so everyone arrives prepared and can work towards the objective within the time allocated for the meeting.
As you can see, you don’t need to move mountains to make a great impression. Showing initiative and foresight, and some advance planning will demonstrate the hard work that you do. And the easier you make your manager’s job, the more they’ll value and appreciate you.