Meetings, meetings and more meetings! It seems like we have to meet about everything! The truth is, if we want our businesses to continue to grow and be successful, we do have to make important decisions about everything from our products and services to our employees and processes. Those decisions are most likely made as a result of many meetings, so the reality is, meetings are a necessary and important part of every successful business. The trick is to find a way to make the meetings as efficient and effective as possible.
In a recent article from the Harvard Business Review, they talked about the importance of the closing of the meeting. They said most meetings lack closure and suggested you be deliberate about the closing of the meeting. They suggested asking at the end of the meeting “Is everyone ok with where we ended up?” which opens the door for anyone who needs clarification and hopefully ensures everyone leaves on the same page. Another great suggestion was to confirm follow up action items. Confirm what needs to be done next, who is going to do each task, when it needs to completed and then schedule the follow up meeting to hold everyone accountable. As a manager who attends many meetings on a regular basis, I will be more attentive to the closing of meetings now and try to implement some of these ideas! To get more tips and read the entire article, click the link below.
~ Lori Davis, CPP