Recently I was in a meeting where a number of people were more than 10 minutes late. No apology, no acknowledgement of that fact. It bothered me enough to think about my own meeting etiquette and areas where I can improve.
Now I understand when folks are in back-to-back meetings that the lateness thing is going to happen, and I have enough synergy with my supervisor to know that, if he’s running late, I usually can get things started on his behalf.
To me, being prompt can be a huge sign of respect – respect for the person running the meeting, respect for others in attendance. And if you’re running late, I think it’s only right to let someone in the meeting know. At least it shows that you’re making an effort to be polite.
But there are tons of other meeting etiquette tips out there. And one person’s meeting pet peeve may have no impact on someone else.
I found a list of 30 meeting etiquette tips. After reading this, I am going to make a concerted effort to stay off of my email in meetings, as challenging as that will be.
Take a look at the list. What are your biggest meeting irritants? What areas of meeting etiquette do you make a priority?