3 Tips to Better Meetings

Meetings are an essential part of every organization and the ability to run effective meetings is a critical part of your organization’s success.  Keeping meetings, tight, effective and on-track takes discipline. And meetings that waste time also squander energy, productivity, and money.

Here are three tips to make your meetings better:

1. Action Register – Use an action register to capture assignments and tasks resulting from discussions in the meeting.  This will eliminate discussing a topic multiple times. Close each meeting by reviewing the action register and receive verbal affirmation from attendees on assignment and target dates. 

2. Standard Agenda – Develop a standard agenda for weekly meetings.  Items may include, Action Register Review, Scorecard Review, Recognition, Round-the-Table and Meeting Audit.  Participants will come prepared to have a meaningful meeting that will advance the business.

3. Meeting Audit – Typically, people talk about how bad a meeting was outside after the meeting.  At the conclusion of the meeting ask these questions: “Did this meeting advance the business?”  “Thumbs up or Thumbs Down?”  Participants must provide justification behind “thumbs down” regarding the meeting.  This will drive a continuous improvement mindset.

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