Running Meetings

The Partners' Network

Meetings can either be super productive, great time-wasters or every gyration in between.  What they are is usually determined by the person organizing and running the meeting.

Here are some tips for more effective meetings:

  • Create and distribute a specific agenda in advance so those needing to prepare will have enough time
  • Be prepared (yourself)
  • Ask for “new business” or off-agenda proposals to be provided to you in writing early enough so it could be added to the agenda
  • Decide if you will lead the meeting or facilitate discussions
  • Have some punch list items to lead with if a discussion doesn’t get started
  • Stay on topic – stick to agenda
  • If someone is off target, politely stop them, pointing out that what they are suggesting or discussing is not on the agenda and you can discuss with them after the meeting to determine if it belongs on a future agenda
  • Decide…

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