Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping meetings productive and on topic, part of Leading Productive Meetings.
- To keep meetings moving smoothly and on time,…it's very important that we keep the meeting on-topic.…Keeping meetings on-topic…is not just the meeting leader's responsibility.…It's every attendees' responsibility.…However, the leader is the one…who will most likely need to make small corrections…if people get off course.…It's natural that a meeting will occasionally…drift off-topic or off course.…When that happens, just follow a few simple tips…to get things back on-topic.…
First, if someone gets off-topic or is disruptive,…avoid singling them out by name.…Instead, direct your comments to the group as a whole.…For instance, if someone multitasks during the discussion,…say, let's all make sure we're not multitasking.…Or if someone's talking becomes disruptive,…just remind everyone…that we want to give attendees our attention.…A simple reminder to the group is usually enough,…especially if you have established ground rules.…
This leads me to my second tip.…Refer to the ground rules often.…If an attendee does something that's keeping the meeting…
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- Plan how to use technology successfully in your meetings.
- Determine how to select and support a meeting leader.
- Prepare what you need to make meaningful commitments in a meeting.
- Identify successful ways to initiate a meeting.
- Propose challenging ideas while promoting and maintaining healthy relationships.
- Delegate and coordinate work successfully.
- Follow up consistently to create a workplace culture of accountability.