Q: How to act in a meeting when everyone is much higher graded than me?
A: You should try to act as you would in any meeting with colleagues, although you might want to act more formally than you would with colleagues from a close-knit team. Try not to be intimidated and to carry out your role in the meeting as you would normally.
It’s natural to be a bit more nervous in this sort of situation, but try to harness any nerves by being extra attentive. Ideally, you want appear calm, authoritative and professional.