Written by: Mengjia Li
“Mengjia, let’s go to the meeting……” my supervisor just called me and asked me to attend their weekly meeting.
This is coming so fast. First of all, I’ve never seen an all-employee-together meeting before and I’ve already been here for four weeks. Second of all, what do they need me for? I just stood there in shock and then entered into the board room with my colleague. I felt happy because I felt I had been considered as part of the company.
But when I sat down, I suddenly realized I had not brought anything to the meeting and everybody else had PENS and PAPER! This meeting was not formal at all. Because our office acquired an accounting department from a law firm, our meeting today was to focus on how to get ready for the change of the office desk arrangements, etc. Even though it wasn’t formal, I noticed my colleague taking notes, but I wasn’t. Thankfully, the Irish business environment is more casual, so there wasn’t too much attention put on me for not taking notes.
So I definitely learned something here: no matter how suddenly the meetings pop up or how important they are, bring your paper and make your co-workers know you are always ready. If you really want your co-workers and bosses to value you as a detail-oriented and dependable person, always be prepared to take notes at a meeting.