I go to a lot of meetings here in Indianapolis. Some of those are with companies, or non-profits, or various committee meetings. Others are with jobseekers. And still others are presentations.
And one thing I’m amazed to see is how many people come to a meeting without either a notepad or a computer so they can take notes.
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It’s pretty obvious what happens when you bring along something to write (or type) with to a meeting: you can take notes. But what may not be obvious is how you look when you don’t bring anything to write with.
You look smug. You look self-important. You communicate to other people that you don’t need to take notes because nothing of value is going to be said.
You also lower people’s self confidence about any promises you make. If you’re not writing it down, how can they have any faith that you will do what you said you will do? How will you remember that information? None of us have a perfect memory, but showing up without pen and paper is implying that you do.
Or worse, that you don’t care.
So no matter what, bring along pen and paper. Everywhere you go that you’re going to be talking to other professionals, pen and paper matters!