Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How to Make Meetings Not Suck

It will likely come as no surprise to you that when workers were asked what is their biggest time waster at work – many said --- meetings!

You can’t avoid having meetings in your business – as they’re necessary for communication and team building - but you can avoid meetings that are viewed as a waste of time...and here’s how…

One - Avoid a meeting if the information can be exchanged some other way such as through an email, memo or brief report.

Two - Set an objective for the meeting – so you and you’re your participants know what you want to accomplish.

- Develop an agenda that includes the topics to be discussed, by whom and for how long. Be sure to stick to the agenda.

Four - Set a time limit for the meeting and stick to that as well! Your participants will appreciate you respecting their time.

Five - Don’t finish any discussion without deciding how you will act on it, who will do it and when.

And finally… provide snacks… snacks are always good!

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