Meetings are one of those essential things of management. Early on in my career I was fascinated by them, enjoyed them, studied and analysed them, and even looked forward to them.
Fast forward 30 years and I am less enthusiastic. For me, a successful meeting is one that is needed, time and cost efficient and makes decisions or progress.
There are lots of different types of meetings, I am thinking of things like: team meetings (information sharing and consultative), focus group meetings (problem solving or opinion gathering), progress meetings (checking how things are going against a clear plan), one-to-one meetings (often private and personal, or focused on the individual or relationship), workout meetings (to sort things out), reporting meetings (sharing information and holding people to account), team building meetings (supporting a teams’ stages of development), and impromptu meetings (unplanned ones that take you by surprise). There are many more.
All of these different types of meetings present their own unique challenges. I do have some words of advice to make them as successful as possible.
If this advice is followed then we all have a chance to ensure meetings are positive and enjoyable, and we can manage them rather than them managing us.
James Hempsall OBE is director of Hempsall’s training, research and consultancy. Visit hempsalls.com or follow on Twitter at @hempsalls.
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