These are ten simple ideas that will go a long way in making you a more organized and productive student (and impress your professors and employers).
- Bring paper and a pen to every meeting. This is a pet peeve of many, many faculty and employers.
- Take notes while in meetings. You will not remember everything later.
- Do not use social media in a meeting. Put away your iPhone and focus on the person or people with whom you are speaking.
- Dialogue, don’t monologue. When engaging in casual conversation, always be sure to ask about other people’s interests and avoid the trap of talking too much about yourself. Remember, you can learn a lot from others.
- Whenever possible, schedule meetings at least a week ahead and use your institution’s shared, online calendar system.
- Keep meetings productive by having a specific set of items or problems that you would like to discuss.
- Never leave a meeting without a clear understanding of “next steps”. Make sure to have a clear timeline for the completion of a project.
- If you do not understand something, ask immediately for clarification.
- Respectfully listen to other people’s ideas. Even if you disagree, you might learn something. If you like another person’s idea, be sure to let them know.
- BRING A PAPER AND PEN TO EVERY MEETING!!!
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