12 Steps to make the most of your work gatherings
Meetings can be a place where great ideas are born and problems are solved. They can also be a large waste of time and money. If you were to break down the hourly wage of the people in your next meeting and then multiply it by however many hours a day, week, month, or year you spend meeting, you’ll quickly notice how costly meetings can be; especially if nothing is really accomplished. To avoid costly meetings where you’re essentially meeting to meet, these guidelines can help you get the most out of your upcoming meetings.
- Start on time, end on time
- Set an agenda, share the agenda, stick to the agenda, respect the agenda
- Meet the stated purpose of the meeting, stay on track with minimal digression
- Listen actively to others
- No one-on-one, side meetings.
- Manage your own input – NO long speeches
- No parroting (repeating what someone else said)
- Do not interrupt other participants
- Leave the meeting with a clear sense of next steps, action items
- Make sure you really need a meeting before scheduling and ONLY invite the people who absolutely need to be there. Respect others time
- Do not schedule more time than you need
- Do not check your phone or email unless critical
If you can apply some of these guidelines to your next meeting you’re sure to have a more effective and efficient meeting that saves you time and money.