Meeting Etiquette

Some tips I thought I'd pass along in case you ever need to attend a meeting, or hold a meeting:

  1. Don't ask questions you already know the answer to.
  2. Never whine about decisions that have already been made.
  3. Don't ask hypothetical questions in order to find a loophole.
  4. Don't call a meeting if emailing the meeting agenda would be just as effective.
  5. Don't call a meeting to tell people what they already know.
  6. Don't ask questions that are answered in the meeting agenda.
  7. Don't hog the chips.
  8. Maintain a positive attitude (or fake one if you have to): remember that you're not the only one who doesn't like meetings.
  9. NEVER waste everyone's time by asking personal questions that only apply to you.
  10. (Have I left anything out?)
It turns out, common sense isn't so common.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

#10/ Always have an excuse to leave or adjurn a meeting early.

#11/ Schedule all dental and medical appointments for those days that you know you'll have meetings.

Dad.

Sarah said...

Aha! Good ones!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you ought to feel sorry for all those for whom the meeting is easily confused with their social life!! Mom

2 bees said...

Obviously, you are not going to climb the ladder of administrative staff, you have to much common sense to become an administrator. Those who can teach teach those who can't administrate.

2 bees said...

#12 never be serious at a meeting and have a very good relationship with your school grievence committee...

2 bees said...

#13 Look deeply into the eyes of the administrator at meetings nodding head to slow cadence coinciding with your heartbeat think of pleasent times during summer vacation and if you are called upon say nothing that will increase your already overwhelming workload. At the end of said meeting pretend you heard your name called by another teacher near the exit and quickly remove yourself from the scene.

2 bees said...

#14 Check on tenure and behave accordingly...

2 bees said...

hahahaha!


xoxox BB

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

Wow these tips are so true. I don't like being in a meeting with people that make a bring meeting even more monotonous.

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