On meetings... by Cynthia Smith

I feel that process has its place, especially when running meetings.  I think one of the goals of every meeting should be to get as much done in as little time as possible. Yet I find myself in too many long, unorganized meetings.  Therefore, I thought I would list a few reminders on how to get the most out of your meetings.

  •  Create clear introductions/endings.  If the meeting is not a regular meeting, you may want to include an agenda on the invite.
  •  Identify clear action items/tasks and responsibilities for them.  Repeat before the meeting adjourns.
  •  Do not discuss details of work in status/summary meetings.
  • Minimize chit chat and interruptions.

These few items can cut your meeting time in half in some cases, allowing you and your colleagues to get more done.  And they will thank you for it.