Achieving meeting excellence

We have all sat through endless meetings that go nowhere, but we never question why this happens consistently. In order to achieve meeting excellence, here are some tips:

  • Have a clear objective for the meeting – How can you expect to accomplish anything if you don’t know what needs to be accomplished?
  • End the meeting when the objective has been achieved – There is no need to continue the meeting once you have achieved what you set out to achieve.
  • Limit the number of people who are invited – The smaller the group, the more productive you can be. Let each attendee be responsible for bringing the outcomes back to their department.
  • Meeting participants lose interest after an hour – Meetings that take longer than an hour are normally no longer productive.
  • Have a clear agenda – Confirm the objective of the meeting and the agenda before getting started so everyone is focused in the same direction.
  • Have clear action items – After the meeting, send out the action items, who is accountable for their completion, and by when.

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