How to Run an Effective Meeting
Posted on 06/19/2017
We’ve all been there: a meeting that seems to go on and on, with no end in sight. You sit and stare at the clock, wondering if someone is ever going to get to the point. Whether the meeting was for an organization, a business or club you’re involved in doesn’t matter—what matters is that somewhere along the line the content went from fairly interesting to downright boring.
The truth is, there’s an art in running an effective meeting, a learned skill that many professionals don’t realize. There’s a way to run a meeting that is engaging, productive and gets straight to the point. How can you learn this skill? We’ve got a few pointers to get you started.
1. Decide if a meeting is necessary.
2. Set a clear objective.
3. Invite only those needed.
4. Create an agenda and stick to it.
During the meeting itself, avoid distractions and try to stay on task with the agenda as closely as possible. Sometimes things come up you didn’t expect, and that’s okay, but return to the agenda quickly. Participants will appreciate the meeting being on task, rather than wasting time.
5. Be on time.
6. Close with an action plan.
No matter which organizations you’re involved in, meetings can be a bit tedious sometimes. Avoid meeting burnout by making sure your meetings are productive, efficient and effective. Try out some of these tips the next time you’re in charge of a meeting and see what results you get.
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