“We shouldn't have to put up with this”: keep that on the low for now
Sometimes, things sound perfectly fine in your head but don’t go over well once you surrender them to the ear space of an entire conference room. These tips, by experts, for soon-to-be experts, will help you avoid saying something that might land you in a sticky situation at work.
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Anything in a meeting you wouldn’t want to read in print
“I always advise my clients to talk as if everyone is listening because in today’s world, pretty much everybody is listening.” says Dr Ben Dattner, an organisational psychologist and executive coach. “Whatever you’re saying, ask yourself if would you want to read that attributed to you in the newspaper?” Dattner says. “In general, you should steer clear of making references to religion, politics, or people’s physical appearance, or anything that could be construed as disrespecting somebody, categorising them, or stereotyping them,” says Dattner.
“This is boring”
We get it, a lot of the meetings you attend might seem unnecessary, a waste of time, and quite uninspiring to be frank. But don’t ever say that out loud in the meeting or whisper it to a colleague, says Dr Melanie Greenberg, licensed clinical psychologist and author of the Stress-Proof Brain. It could make your boss think you’re not being a team player because you find them boring and think you have better things to do than be in that meeting.