I used to have a manager at another company I worked for. He used to have weekly meeting that were … I’ll just call them painful. His meeting were long, filled with ramblings, never had a clear cut agenda or desired result. They often started late and as a sales person, I just wanted to get back to work and make some money.
I was not the only one that felt this way, most of the other staff were always trying to come up with excuses to get out of these meetings. Scheduling client meetings and calls deliberately during our team meetings as way to get out of suffering through another confusing meeting.
- Have a clear agenda
- Start on time
- End on time
- Moderate and control the meeting
- If someone is speaking, limit their time and time them. Cut them off if you need to.
- Stay on topic
- Summarize the points and what the result or solution is.
- Document the meeting and send out the summary via email to the attendees.
Have a great meeting.