This video goes into handling meetings that go off track. You can play dumb if that works for you, ask how an item is relevant to the discussion, and more. This video also discusses the red herring game.
- Sometimes meetings go off track,…for all the right reasons!…Maybe people are interested or have new ideas,…but the result is that you end up wasting lots of time…with many people.…There are three forms of off track,…and they are when people use too much detail…to describe an item, when someone returns…to a subject that has previously been discussed and closed,…and when people go off into things that are not…the subject at all.…So first of all, for the problem of people going…to too much detail, a good idea is to suggest…that one or two people deal with it separately…outside of the meeting.…
So you could say, "That sounds brilliant,…"and I think it needs more time to get…"it really sorted out.…"Maybe Miles and Louise could form a project team,…"and work on it outside the meeting.…"Maybe report back on progress next time."…And if you're not the leader,…you could more gently suggest,…"This is great, but I'm wondering if we've…"got enough time to do it here.…"Maybe Miles and Louise could form a project team,…"and work on it outside the meeting."…
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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.