Meetings are an important part of running a successful business, whether they’re held internally or with clients. There is, however, a fine line between productive meetings and extraneous ones. If you feel that a meeting is worthwhile, do yourself and your counterparts a favor and take some time to plan in advance. Productivity is particularly important in the context of meetings because each wasted minute of meeting time is not just a “minute.” If you have 20 people in a meeting and six minutes are used inefficiently, you’ve effectively wasted 2 hours. From a financial perspective, this can have a detrimental effect on your bottom line.
So what can you do to best prepare for a productive meeting? Harvard Business Review published an article this week with a wealth of tools to help you prep in advance. If I had to pick one resource to take away from this article, it would be the “Meeting Preparation Checklist.” I recommend keeping a copy of this on hand and referencing it as you prepare for meetings. If you’re not the one running meetings, send it to someone in your office who is. I’m sure they’ll be grateful to have it!
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