When it comes to leadership and management, leaders sometimes disregard meeting management. Meetings that are productive aren’t an accident.
Meetings that are well-planned and productive aren’t an accident. Whether they are in-person or remote. And in-person office meetings are getting more important again.
When it comes to leadership and management, leaders sometimes disregard the detailed management that meetings entail.
The 4 strong ground rules are: participate, gain concentration, sustain momentum, and bring the process to a close.
(You may wish to establish a well-written ground rule on confidentiality.)
Include a list of your most essential ground rules on the agenda. If you have new guests who aren’t familiar with your style, you may want to go through each ground rule with them. Maintain constant visibility of the ground rules.
Depending on the company organization’s culture — readers may choose which recommendations are most appropriate for them. Recall that meetings are very costly activities when considering the cost of labor for the meeting. Additionally, how much can or cannot accomplish in a given amount of time. As a result, you should take meeting management extremely seriously.
You can tell what method to follow in a meeting by the kind of meeting you want to have. For example, a staff confab planning time, problem-solving time, and so on. However, several fundamentals are universal to all get-togethers, regardless of the style.
Participants you choose
What you want to achieve during the confab will determine who you should invite to the forum. There are a surprising number of get-togethers with the wrong persons in attendance, which may seem too apparent to mention. Don’t rely on your judgment when deciding who should attend a party. Inquire about the opinions of numerous other persons as well.
If at all feasible, contact each individual to inform them of the confab’s main aim and the reasons why their participation is required. Follow up on your phone call with a meeting notice that includes several things. Firstly, the objective of the pow-wow, then where and when you will meet. Next, include a list of attendees and the person’s name to contact if they have any questions. Hybrid workers need special attention.
Send a copy of the suggested plan along with the notification to everyone who will be attending. During the get-together, appoint someone to take notes on essential activities, tasks, and deadlines that you will discuss. This individual is responsible for ensuring that this material is provided to all participants as soon as possible after the meeting.
Agendas you develop.
Create the agenda for the meeting in collaboration with the primary attendees. Consider the overall objective you want to achieve from the meeting and the actions required to achieve that outcome. You should structure the plan to carry out these activities throughout the meeting. Include a statement about the ultimate goal you want to achieve from the meeting in the plan.
Create a plan that encourages participants to get engaged early by providing them with something to do straight away, ensuring that they arrive on time. Include the type of action required, anticipated outcome (decision, vote, action allocated to someone), and time estimates for handling each key issue next to each major topic. Inquire with participants about their commitment to the plan.
Maintain constant visibility of the plan.
Maintain flexibility in the design of meetings; be open to modifying the schedule if the planning process is moving forward as expected by participants.
Consider how you will label an event so that participants arrive with the same perspective; it may be beneficial to engage in a brief conversation around the label to build a shared mindset among attendees, mainly if they include representatives from various cultural backgrounds.
Meetings to Commence
Always begin on time; this shows respect for those who arrive on time and serves as a reminder to latecomers that the timetable is essential.
Extend to all attendees greetings and thanks for their participation. At the outset, go through the schedule to allow attendees to comprehend all of the critical subjects you offer, amend them, or accept them. If you use a recorder, the minutes will be taken and sent to each participant immediately after the meeting. Demonstrate the kind of enthusiasm and participation that attendees will need.
Identify your specific role(s) in the meeting.
Creating Meeting Ground Rules is an essential step each time. Without a doubt, you do not need to set new ground rules for every confab you have. However, it is beneficial to establish a set of fundamental ground rules applicable to the majority of your meetings. These ground principles foster the fundamental components required for a successful meeting to occur.
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Hunter Meine is a BYU-Idaho graduate, husband, father, and writer. When he's not writing, he's playing sports or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and daughter.