Make Your Meetings Work

Jean Kelley

Meetings don’t have to be something people dread — at least not your meetings. By implementing these 10 tips, you will facilitate more productive and actionable meetings. And rather than being viewed as time wasters, they will actually get things done.

Few people receive formal training on how to conduct a great meeting, and this lack of training is apparent in project conference rooms across the country. Between meetings that ramble on with no agenda and no action steps to participants feeling bored and questioning why the meeting is even taking place, it’s no wonder that so many people dread going to meetings.

In order to conduct a meeting that boosts your credibility and helps you achieve your project’s goals, keep these top 10 meeting tips in mind.

1. Know if you really need a formal meeting at all.  Before sending the meeting invites, define why you’re having the meeting. Is it really necessary? Is there another way to accomplish the result? If you have a small group of attendees, perhaps a “stand up” meeting will suffice. In this case, you simply get everyone to gather in the hall, say what they need to know, and then everyone disbands within five minutes. It’s a quick, painless, and highly effective way to get a message out.

2. Set expectations prior to the meeting.  If a meeting is indeed necessary, create the…

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