All good thoughts and ideas mean nothing without action.

Mahatma Ghandi

Now, that’s Smart.

Smart Remarks Weekly Digest

April 1, 2020

Core Competency: Professionalism

Do Your Homework

“How often have you just glanced at an agenda on your way to a meeting? Or printed out materials but found yourself so busy that you never actually read them?

…When you present something to your team, you make sure to do your homework. But the mistake too many people make is to skip over this step when they’re an attendee. So read the materials, or if there are none, do a little research on the topic (for example, is it a meeting on a site redesign? Check out what your competitors’ current homepages include and note what you like). Try to set aside five minutes before any meeting to brainstorm and see if you can come up with at least one idea or question…

And yes, doing your homework will mean you need to put in a bit more time before upcoming meetings. But, if the trade-off is that you finally get to spend them confidently sharing your ideas, being heard, and improving your reputation—isn’t that worth it?

To Your Success!

Excerpt from: The 3-Word Strategy That Will Give You The Confidence To Speak Up At Work