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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.
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After you both have an opportunity to ask each other questions, it's time to wrap up the meeting. Before you end though, you want to reconfirm all the commitments that you've made to each other. Take turns briefly going through all the commitments that you've made to each other, making sure to repeat the who, what, and when for each item. Also, if you've delegated a task to someone else and you feel it's important to follow up with them, make sure that you create a reminder for yourself to follow up with that person. A quick suggestion: when repeating the who, what, and when, make sure that you're allowing the other person freedom to determine their own schedule and their own way to go about completing the task.
Rather than focusing on the how, meaning how someone is going to accomplish it, focus on the end result: what things are going to look like when they're done. This will help the other person feel respected and validated and avoid unnecessary micromanaging. After you've reconfirmed all the steps that you need to take after this meeting, reconfirm the date and time for the next one-to-one meeting. If necessary, adjust the time or location of the next meeting, but make sure that you both are committed to attend and participate fully.
Finally, it's time to end the meeting. End every meeting on time or early. If you get done with the meeting ahead of schedule, then great; go ahead and end the meeting. As I've had said before, no one's ever complained about a meeting getting out early. At the very least, make sure that you end on time. If you respect the other person's time, they'll respect your time, and it will make future one-to-one meetings more successful.
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