Do you look forward to meetings?
You won’t have to talk with many of your friends or colleagues to find out what the necessary ingredient(s) are to insure a memorably bad meeting as depicted in the photo to the left.
Instead of dwelling on the negative lets think about what can make a meeting an enjoyable and productive experience. Think about the good meetings you been a part of and what made them good.
I suspect the characteristics will be consistent and will use my own experience as a starting point.
Ingredients for successful meetings:
- A good reason for having it in the first place
- Clear agenda with achievable timeline
- The right participants
- Facilitation – start on time, cover all agenda items, accountable action plan, finish on time
- Follow up plan
Adequate advance notice is not on the list. Some of the most productive meetings I have been a part of were called on very short notice. Urgency often promotes clear, focused thinking that produces results.
The next time you are planning a meeting take the time to think it through. It will appreciated by the people you invite.
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