Anyone who works in the corporate world has attended a meeting where your boss’s boss’s boss’s boss is making an appearance at your office. The management team is in a frenzy, trying to ensure that everything is perfect.
Everyone is gathered in a large conference room, and the big wig gives his speech about synergy, global diversification, blah blah blah. Inevitably, someone that is trying to make an impression will ask a question just for the sake of asking something. Although he thinks this will help his career, it could be the worst thing he could do.
When a hot shot from corporate opens the floor for questions, live by this rule: If you don’t have a profound question that applies to the speaker’s job level, you’re better off keeping your mouth shut.
If you ask a question about getting different coffee flavors, how to do something in Outlook, or when the printer will be fixed, you are going to look like an idiot. The big shot will forget, but your immediate manager will not. The next time a promotion is on the line, he/she will remember this moment. You have planted a seed in their mind that makes them think you do not know how to act appropriately in front of VIPs. That, my friends, is the worst thing you can do for your career.