Part 2: Running Short and Effective Meetings
Effective meetings need a disciplined approach to be efficient. The second installment of our three-part series about meetings focuses on streamlining the event itself. Check out the first article, Avoiding Meeting Misery, if you missed it.
Be punctual: Respect the time and effort of those that show up on time. Don’t delay the meeting due to the tardiness of other attendees (and don’t waste time updating latecomers).
Keep on track: Keep everyone focused on the agenda. If unrelated discussion topics arise, get them back on track - rambling, non-relevant discussions are disruptive, and impact work-flow. Provide a quick summary after each agenda topic, confirm everyone agrees that it’s accurate, and then move on.
Stay on schedule: End the meeting on time. If it’s running behind, push for a decision, table the discussion, or schedule a separate meeting on that topic.
Remember, effective meetings accomplish their objective in a minimum amount of time.
SEE ALSO: Avoiding Meeting Misery