5 tips to hold better meetings

Here’s a five-step plan to ensure everyone leaves your meetings saying, ‘Wow, that was a great meeting!’ (No, it’s not impossible.)

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Do people love your meetings?

If you’re not sure, the answer is no.

You’ll know people love a meeting when they say something like, “Wow, this was a really great meeting!”

If you’re rolling your eyes and thinking your team would never say such a thing, read on.

It’s possible to hold meetings people love to attend, but you’ll have to shift your mindset and use a few practical tools.

Foundations for meetings people love

There are two elements that will make meetings work for you and your team.

First, the meeting must be the most productive use of everyone’s time. If people could be doing something better to advance the mission, why would you take them away from that?

This is a high standard, but it’s vital to making meetings work.

Second, the purpose of every meeting is to achieve results and build relationships.

These are not mutually exclusive goals. Effective leaders simultaneously focus on relationships and results. Effective meetings build relationships and results.

With this foundation in place, it’s time to hold the meeting.

How to make meetings work

Here are five ways to make your meetings efficient and productive:

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