Push for agreement. Ask helpful questions; for example, "Who is going to do what, then?” Keep the meeting on track. Suggest and draw a visual aid. Ask the quiet ones what they think.
- [Instructor] I've said it before,…but you don't have to put up with a bad meeting,…or bad behavior by the people at the meeting.…And in this section, I want to give a few more suggestions…about how you as an attendee can make any meeting better.…First, you can help the leader…to get agreement between people.…Statements like, so are we going to do that then?…It sounds like a great plan, I vote we do it.…Or so what are we going to do then?…We've got several choices,…now which one are we going to go for?…You can also help the problem solving process…by suggesting a format for the meeting.…
Before we jump into a solution,…should we spend five minutes coming up with a number…of possible ideas of how we could do it?…Or shall we spend the first part…coming up with options and the second part choosing…which one we're going to implement?…Or we've got several options,…and they all have pros and cons which we don't agree on,…maybe we could give scores to each option,…and then add it all up…and see which one comes out as the best.…
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- Define the four types of meetings.
- Determine who needs to attend a meeting.
- Assess the ideal meeting duration.
- Produce reminders for successful meetings.
- Identify how to facilitate a successful meeting.
- Evaluate solutions for dealing with latecomers and common meeting problems.
- Assess if you should go to a meeting.
- Recognize how to make your voice heard.
- Plan remote or virtual meetings.