My Elementary teachers must have said ‘Sit Up and Pay Attention’ to me a million times during that period of my life. Like most young kids, I think I was always fidgeting and moving around in my seat. My teachers may all have known that I would eventually become a Technology consultant because that advice is especially pertinent in your occupation!
When in a meeting or conference room, your posture makes an impression. Sit up, lean forward toward the table rather than back and away from it, pay attention, make eye contact with the speaker and participate in the conversation when appropriate. This causes the other people in the room to have a more positive impression of you and of your contribution to the meeting.
Avoid slouching, crossing your arms on your chest, leaning back in your chair and constantly checking your watch or the wall clock! If you are taking notes, avoid the temptation to doodle in the margins of your notepad. When taking notes, you should make sure that you don’t simply stare at your note pad without ever looking at the other participants. All of these activities convey lack of interest and boredom! That is definitely not the impression you want to give.