Matters To U - Issue 3
7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE MEETINGS
1. Always have an agenda - this directs the discussion and ensures that all issues are dealt with.
2. Allow at least one week for participants to read and digest meeting papers.
3. No matter how short the meeting, always take notes and include assigned action points.
4. Aim to invite people who can contribute to at least 50 percent of the discussion - sometimes it's sufficient to just add people to the meeting distribution list.
5. Invite people to the segment of the meeting that most concerns them - there's no point having them sit through the entire meeting if they're not needed.
6. Invite decision-makers or people with delegated authority who can make on the spot decisions.
7. If the discussion goes off track to an issue that is worth discussing, reign in the discussion by suggesting that the specifics be discussed at a separate meeting.
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