Are you frustrated about the number of meetings on your calendar or the lack of efficiency in the meetings you attend? It is amazing that people fill their weeks with meetings and expect that somehow work is going to get done.
Billions of dollars are wasted on large groups of people gathering to have random conversations about a topic. These gatherings are mistaken for meetings. A complete meeting consists of three key phases:
- Plan – clearly define why you need to hold the meeting, the results that you want to accomplish and who needs to participate
- Facilitate – stick to the agenda and resolve to accomplish everything you need in LESS time than you scheduled; always capture the action items and decisions made during the meeting
- Follow up – meetings do not end when the time concludes, the final step is ensuring that the action items are completed and the decisions are acted upon
Stop wasting time, makeover your meetings and boost your productivity. For more tips to reduce your frustration, check out this article on Effective Meetings.