If you are lucky, you get a meeting agenda. And if you are really lucky, you get it before the meeting. It tells you what you are going to cover in the meeting.

When you call your next meeting, do things differently.

Send an agenda which states what you want the meeting to cause, not cover.

What do you want people to do?

Focus people on the outcomes rather than the process, and reinforce this as you open the meeting.

And if you are invited to a meeting, you could be cheeky and ask the chair what they want the meeting to cause so you can decide if you will attend 🙂

Here are a few more tips on how to open a meeting successfully.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times

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