Ten Strategies for Excelling at Meetings
This book is about how to get value from meetings. Period.
Meetings, any kind of meeting, represent opportunity. And where there is an opportunity, value is available to be unlocked. When you view meetings as, ahem, a “necessary evil”, you would neither see nor exploit the hidden opportunities. There is no debate: you would be involved in very many meetings whether you like it or not! You might as well roll up your sleeves and optimise your involvement. This book would give you implementable strategies for excelling at meetings. This book has no fluff and fillers. The book goes straight to the point. The 70 personal strategies have been boiled down to convey the point as precisely as possible. I recognise that time is a scarce resource and I want to optimise your reading time. Remember this, “Even good meetings can be better!”
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“Meetings are at the heart of an effective organization, and each meeting is an opportunity to clarify issues, set new directions, sharpen focus, create alignment, and move objectives forward." - Paul Axtell
1. Go into a meeting knowing fully well what the issues, objectives and outcomes are or should be.
Exhaustively reading up all the papers for consideration, for instance, is a good meeting preparation practice.
2. Pay careful attention at meetings.
3. Effective meetings require the active and constructive participation of the attendees.
You would help the meeting to achieve its objectives (and yours) if you actively participate.
4. Be generous in paying compliments and sincerely commending meeting participants.
Commend good practices, commend good ideas, commend good behavior, commend brilliant suggestions, commend recorded successes and commend points of view, even if not in alignment with yours.
Commendation creates a positive and pleasant meeting atmosphere, prerequisites for meeting effectiveness.
5. Be open to great (and usually disguised) ideas in meetings.
These discerned ideas would help you in matters that may not even relate to the objectives of the meeting.
Each meeting you attend can generate life- changing ideas.
6. One of your unwritten responsibilities is to provide the meeting with good ideas.
The more good ideas you provide, the greater the likelihood of the meeting achieving its objectives with your ideas.
Also, people with good ideas get invited to the right meetings and consequently receive the right appreciation and favourable exposure.
7. Discussions go very fast in meetings.
8. It is good practice to allow the other meeting participant to finish speaking before you respond.
Interrupting is actually rude.
9. Stay in your area of expertise during discussions.
10. If you don't understand, ask a question.
If you are in doubt, ask a question.
Do not leave the meeting without asking the right questions.