As a woman rising through the corporate ranks, there’s nothing more important than contributing something to a work meeting – even when you haven’t been paying attention to any of it. Whether you’ve been thinking about where you’re going to grab lunch, or daydreaming about Jon Snow again, here are some “two cents” that scream, “I DEFINITELY KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.”
1. “I totally agree.”
You agree? Absolutely. Your enthusiasm is contagious and shouldn’t go unnoticed by your manager and co-workers. Not to mention that same enthusiasm is going to help you pull the all-nighter you just so eagerly agreed to! This is also more likely to get you a promotion than listening to whatever they are talking about.
2. “I echo what John said.”
What better way to say something then without saying anything? This go-to contribution dubiously assures everyone in the room that you’re on the same page as your colleague, even if you aren’t. WAY TO TRICK THEM. You actually hate John.
3. “Excuse me…could you clarify?”
If you have been asked a direct question, this is a great way of insinuating that 1. You’ve been listening and 2. Your colleague has communicated poorly and should get his act together. Elevate your status without ever having to take out your secret headphones.
4. “I’m with the team on this one.”
Be a team player without ever having to do a thing! Or pick up a bat. Or having to know any other sports metaphors. HURRAY! If they dare question you, let them know you’re still “on the fence.”
5. “I’ll have to give that some serious thought this week.”
This is a great way to remind co-workers that you’re not only thinking about what they’ve said, but you’ll be pondering it for days to come. When they ask you next week if you came up with some ideas, you can say, “I’ve got tons – shall we set up a one-on-one next week to discuss?” Never send the calendar invite.
6. “That’s the client for you!”
If you really can’t think of anything else, just blame the client. Everyone hates the client. And everybody loves you.
Now you know the secret to your future success—having something to say, even if you were mostly swapping between Tinder and Candy Crush. Now, what’s for lunch?