Mastering Meetings

This effectiveness tip is so simple (notice I didn’t say easy though), it’s practically criminal. Yet equally shocking is how destructive and wasteful meetings usually are in the workplace.

Effective Meeting Tips
Effective Meeting Tips

Meetings should be (and for those early in their careers, expect them to be) purposeful and effective. I mean, why else would a busy group of individuals interrupt whatever they are working on to join in this team activity. There has to be value in them or its a waste of everybody’s time.

And there is; if done right.

Now I don’t want to get into the discussion about the skills of a good chairperson; instead, what can you as either a participant or organiser of frequent meetings do to make a big impact?  The majority of those in the infographic are simple behaviours that we can each work on and will quickly make you stand out as serious, credible and effective in every meeting you attend.

If you have as many meetings every week as the majority of people do, think of all the practice you can get. You will have mastered meetings before you know it.

So make a commitment to work on these behaviours and stand out from the crowd.

My personal favourites are:

  • Bring paper and a pen (more on this in an upcoming blog)
  • Come prepared
  • Challenge ideas rather than people

What ones work for you?  Let us know in the comments box below.

[Note: I like to give credit for the materials I reference, but have not been able to locate the original source of the infographic. But you can find it through LinkedIn here.]

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