How often do you come out of a meeting without getting what you needed from the meeting, disappointed yet again?

Even though there was an agenda, there were some specific things that you wanted, and you didn’t get them because the meeting overan. The agenda was hurried and wasn’t properly completed.

Try this…

When the meeting starts, ask each person in turn, “Given the agenda, what do you want from this meeting?”

Get clear on the outcomes that each attendee has, rather than just an overall outcome for the meeting.

You will find that meetings will be shorter and more purposeful when people have clarity on what each other actually want, and why they are attending the meeting.

Here are some other tips on how to start a successful meeting.

My best wishes, Paul


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