There’s no one way or correct method to orchestrate a successful meeting. Every team is different, and each business problem requires a unique problem-solving approach.
However, there are plenty of science-backed guideposts to follow and pitfalls to avoid. Let’s explore a few, shall we?
What the data suggests
There’s no shortage of research into conducting efficient meetings. Most of which speaks to in-person, pre-pandemic settings. However, many of the bedrock principles remain the same:
What else is there? How else can you become a meeting master during this uncertain season of life? HBR lists 10 more ideas to keep those meetings on track:
1. Prepare your points—not just an agenda—in advance.
Rather than just riffing mid-Zoom or thinking out loud until you reach a salient point, consider:
2. Provide the purpose up top.
How much time gets wasted at the outset of meetings? If your team tends to get overly absorbed in greetings and salutations, you might try opening with “what needs to be decided, reviewed, or accomplished as a result of the meeting.”
3. Guide your listeners.