On the twelfth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield shares why we should prepare for our one-on-ones and how to do just that. No meeting is ever productive without some preparation beforehand, so take 10-15 minutes either the day before or morning of to prepare!
Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate fam? It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. So today, let’s talk about why you should prepare for your one-on-ones and how to do just that. Most of us in Corporate America have bosses who are pulled in many different directions, so we should really be making the most of our one-on-one time with them. No meeting is ever productive without some preparation beforehand, so take 10-15 minutes either the day before or morning of to prepare. By coming prepared to your one-on-one, you can get your questions answered, make sure you’re aligned with your boss, and most importantly, show the work you’ve been doing. So let’s talk about some ways you can prepare. First I’d say check your notes from the last time you met. This way if you all didn’t get to a topic, you can come back around to it, but you’ll also know what follow-ups are needed. Now, that takes me to my next point. Check your follow-up and task list. If your boss gave you some things to follow up on or to do, it’s the worst when you get together and realize you didn’t complete those tasks. At least now you may be able to get in a few calls and a few emails to say you’ve reached out. Also, it will refresh your memory on things your boss took away that they’re supposed to be checking on, so you can bring those up as well. Next, I would say check any email exchanges you or your boss have had since your last meeting. Maybe there’s something in those messages that you didn’t understand, and this is a great time to ask. Maybe there’s something you know your boss will want an update on, and now you can make sure that you have it. This shows your boss that you’re paying attention to their correspondence. Last but definitely not least, review your goals. At the end of the day, everything in corporate comes back to your annual goals. This will allow you to know where you stand, ensure your goals are aligned, and potentially gain feedback if you need assistance. Preparing for a one-on-one can make a world of difference in how your boss views you. Take the time to do so, and I’m sure at the very least your working relationship will improve. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.