Meetings, meetings, meetings. We all know how important it is to be on time for a meeting. The last thing you want is to be late – holding everyone up, making people repeat things you missed, appearing unprepared and disorganized, etc.
But do you know how much you stand to gain by being 5 minutes early?
Don’t underestimate this. It gives you a chance to become acquainted with more people in the organization and to interact with people you might not normally get a chance to talk to. What a networking opportunity! Find out about them while you can. Have some questions in your pocket to break the ice; How long have you been with the company?
- What do you do?
- What’s going on in your area?
- What does <your department> do?
- How do you like working there?
You will be amazed how many contacts you can make or how much more you can learn about the people you already know.
Physical – Now you have a chance to get a seat – if it’s a presentation you can sit where you can see well, make good eye contact with the team, and be a part of the meeting. Maybe just have a few minutes to get comfortable, put your phone on vibrate, etc.
Mental – You also have a chance to settle yourself mentally – look at the agenda, think about your position on the key topics, or just clear your mind to focus effectively.
Make this your mantra;
“5 minutes early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.”– Eric Jerome Dickey
Doing the little things right – or maybe just a little better than others can make quite a difference. And there is a lot more you probably never even thought of!