No one likes to be stuck in a meeting that is long, boring and unnecessary. The question is what can you do if you find yourself in one of these meetings?
There are two ways to make any meeting productive and as interesting as it possibly can be. The first is to absorb yourself into the meeting. Don’t allow your mind to drift off. This deliberate attempt to focus on what is being presented and said in the meeting allows you to get as much value out of the experience as possible. Practice being truly present both physically and mentally, don’t just be a piece of meat sitting zoned out. Be a good listener. This will help you to be highly responsive to whatever is being discussed. You will also know when and if you can contribute anything productive to the meeting. You will find you will start to feel you have more to offer.
You will notice an increased sense of respect from others. You will also find that the other people in the meeting are influenced by you, even though they may not be aware of it. How? When they sense that you are truly listening, they will want to listen to you as well. There is a powerful sense of well-deserved trust that comes across when you are really present. People will be drawn to your energy and presence.
The second thing you can do is to make a commitment regarding the meeting, tell yourself that you are going to learn something new from each meeting. Listen intently to what is being said, try to hear something you don’t already know. Search for new insights, wisdom, or a new way of doing something. With an intent to learn, you will find you will learn and develop. Rather than thinking “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that stuff already!” Clear your mind and allow yourself to have a beginner’s mind.
The results will be significant and impressive. Your learning curve will dramatically increase. Meetings will become something to look forward to, and who knows they may even become fun! Make the best of them, you are in the meeting anyway. Why not use the time in a productive, healthy way, practising your emotional skills.
Practising these things will make your work more interesting and effective.
Until next time I wish you peace, happiness and success. Merry Christmas to all that read this.
Martin Acton sensei