How Not To Run A Meeting
At the next meeting you lead, don't:
- Hold it if the meeting will seem unnecessary to your participants.
- Allow attendees to use their PDAs/laptops for personal reasons.
- Let participants interrupt each other.
- Go beyond your scheduled time.
Instead, ensure you are doing these techniques to ensure you hold effective meetings:
- Limit attendance. Include only decision makers and key implementors.
- Use an agenda. Give each topic a time limit. Ask your staff to help set the agenda so they'll know the meeting will be relevant.
- Make sure attendees know at the meeting's beginning the benefit of why they are in the meeting.
- Create a not-on-the agenda list of topics that will be tabled for after the meeting or for another meeting.
- Set immediate deadlines for carrying out all decisions that are made during the meeting.
- Start your meetings on time, and don't cut into employee's personal time at lunch or after work.