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In this course, author and business coach Dave Crenshaw teaches you to get the most from your meetings—turning them into productive avenues for communicating, connecting, and accomplishing real work. The course demonstrates a simple, usable framework that will help you lead and participate in meetings large and small and provides insight into how to schedule, conduct, and follow up on meetings with minimum time and maximum results.
Often, when I train people about one-to-one meetings, they ask me, "What's the agenda, what should we cover?" We've provided a simple agenda for you that you can download from this course's information page. You may notice some similarities to the group meeting agenda, yet there are important differences. I'll give you a brief walkthrough of the agenda right now, so you can see how it fits together, and then I'll cover each aspect of the agenda in greater depth in separate videos. First, begin your meeting on time.
Second, follow up on action items that you committed to in the previous meeting. Next, the leader will teach a brief development, about 3 to 5 minutes. No matter who you're meeting with, this is a great opportunity for you to help that person learn and grow. I'll give you guidance on how to prepare for and teach this. The fourth step in the agenda is where you give them an opportunity to ask you for their needs. You'll ask them "what do you need from me?" and you'll listen patiently and give them the opportunity to ask as many questions as they want to ask.
This will remove many of the quick questions that are taking place throughout your week that are causing you both to be less productive. The fifth step is that you'll then have an opportunity to ask them questions and make requests. This includes delegating items to them. Then you'll review the commitments you made to each other during the meeting by asking the question, "What's the next step for each of us?" And then finally, end the meeting on time or early. This simple agenda will become the framework for every one-to-one meeting that you have.
It's very effective because of its simplicity and because it allows each person a significant amount of time to be heard. It will ensure that these meetings are highly productive by helping you both follow through on your commitments.
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