When you've started a new job, it can be hard to get to know everyone there. John Brandon from Inc. suggests showing up early to every meeting so you have some free time to talk to people.
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Being the new guy or gal doesn't have to last long if you follow Brandon's advice:
Arrive early at a meeting and force yourself to get to know your co-workers. It's amazing how a little free time can force even the most introspective among us to open up a little. Go ahead and reward yourself (and I mean this with all sincerity) for coming early by then leaving immediately without making any small talk. It will help you stick with your plan. And get back to your task list.
Talking with new co-workers before the meeting takes the pressure off. You're not forcing anything by hanging around afterwards because everyone has to be there.