5 Ways To Make Meetings More Productive
“this place is the easiest place to set up meetings but the hardest place to get a decision”
Think about it for a moment. How many of your working hours are simply wasted in unproductive, mind-numbing and meaningless meetings where the issues go round and round and round, with no-one willing to take ownership?
I bet you can recall endless meetings that have been a complete waste of time.
Well, here are 5 simple ways to make meetings more productive, that you can put into place immediately.
1. Set Time Aside to Plan and Prepare
We have all been taught to prepare well, to make sure we have the right information for the meetings we attend. But how do you prepare yourself for meetings?
It’s equally important to be in the right frame of mind, mood or attitude. Take time out immediately before a meeting to get into the best state, letting go of any thoughts, concerns and worries that don’t belong.
2. Be Clear on the Purpose
Set a clear intention for what you want to get from the meeting, and what you have to contribute.Hold onto this intention through the meeting, and make sure the outcomes you have are met.
That’s right, seek it out! There are too many meetings that close, where conflict has been unnoticed, avoided or unresolved.
A key role of the chair in any meeting is to mine disagreements, surface them and deal with them.
4. Take Note of the Key Points
No one has time to read through pages of minutes, but it is important that key points are captured. These can then be followed up after the meeting and reviewed when you meet next time.
5. Keep on Track
It’s so vital to keep on track by making sure debates, discussions and conversations are relevant to the meeting’s purpose. Oh…and never overrun!
Take a few moments to share this short video with your team to help them make the most of your team meetings.
Call To Action
Here are a few questions to help you think about the meetings you chair, to help you avoid the pitfalls of others. Jot down your answers and then change just one thing to make them more interesting, enjoyable and productive:
- what does your team say about the meetings you chair?
- what do your colleagues say about them?
- what can you do to make the meetings you chair more productive?
- what can you do to influence the chair for the meetings you attend?
Final thought… don’t spend too much of your time in meetings!