1. Carry your notebook and pen around.

2. Write a list of all the things you need before your first meeting. For an overview of the meeting, consider these questions:

* When is the meeting beginning?

* How long does it last?

* How many sessions are there?

* Are there other goals you have to work toward?

* Are there any breaks?

* How will I be introduced to the participants?

* How will the agenda be selected?

* How will I keep up to date with what is happening?

* What information should I bring?

* How can I follow up with these participants in an effective way?

* How can I follow up with these members?

3. Ask people their names if they won’t give you their name.

4. Assign rules for how the meeting should be run, and note the group members’ rules too.

5. Be ready to make a point when you need to, within reason.

6. Don’t treat the meetings as if they were meetings with HR or a sales pitch.

7. If someone says a conversation shouldn’t be on the record, then they should really shouldn’t be on the record.

8. If the person who is leading your meeting says “Don’t interrupt this section,” then don’t interrupt.

9. If someone will not participate in the meeting, or if they don’t seem to have taken the time to prepare, ask them to leave.

10. If you don’t have enough time to prepare for the meeting, or if you have time to prepare for only one meeting, don’t compromise by choosing one.

11. If there is something you don’t know, find out. Go with the flow and find it out.

12. Never give your talking points to the person who has written them.

13. If the person who is leading the meeting is asking you questions during the meeting, then it’s time to leave.

14. If it is easy to find a solution to a problem, it is probably not a problem. If it is difficult to find a solution, it is probably a problem.

15. If a problem does not exist, it is most likely a misdirected sign.

16. If there is a compromise, it can be made.

17. If a problem exists, it can never be made.

18. If there is an emergency, it needs to be taken care of immediately.

19. If there is time, don’t start a problem you know will not be solved quickly and with the information you have today.

20. If someone is just too busy, choose another time.

21. If the problem is more complex than you think it is, then think further about how to solve it.

22. If someone is just too connected and overwhelms you, choose another time.

23. If you cannot find anyone, then you should let it go.