7 Myths That Make Meetings Miserable

Written by Steve Kaye

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Better: Prepare an agenda or, if you are too busy, ask someone to do it for you. Then sendrepparttar agenda torepparttar 119425 participants so that they can prepare forrepparttar 119426 meeting.

Myth 5: Minutes are unnecessary. This is true for any meeting where people wasted time producing nothing. Effective meetings produce results that are worth documenting. Minutes serve to track action items, record decisions, and inform others. If you are planning a meeting with no results worth documenting, ask yourself why that meeting is necessary.

Better: Record key ideas, agreements, and action items duringrepparttar 119427 meeting. Then convert these notes into minutes.

Myth 6: Meetings should last a long time. While this may be true for some meetings, most meetings can be conducted in less than an hour. Long, casual meetings lull people into lethargy. In general, people are able to focus on a task for 30 to 60 minutes. Then their attention fades and they take mental holidays to think about other things.

Better: Plan meetings where you spend time and resources in proportion torepparttar 119428 value ofrepparttar 119429 results. That is, an effective meeting should be designed to earn a profit. Also, plan short breaks every 50 minutes.

Myth 7: The effectiveness of meetings is a low priority. This is true if you seldom hold meetings. Of course, if you have more than two employees, you need meetings to make decisions, reach agreements, and develop solutions. Effective meetings are a critically essential activity in running a business. They harnessrepparttar 119430 combined wisdom of your staff to invent products, increase sales, improve productivity, plan strategies, and create success.

Better: Learn how to plan and conduct meetings that make your business a success.

Certified professional facilitator and author Steve Kaye helps groups of people hold effective meetings. His innovative workshops have informed and inspired people nationwide. His facilitation produces results that people will support. And his books show how to hold effective meetings. Call 714-528-1300 or visit http://www.stevekaye.com for over 100 pages of information.

Relationship Building - 5 Tips and 5 Questions

Written by Martin Haworth

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4. Match - nothing helps build relationships by matching tone, volume of voice. By takingrepparttar same body posture. By paying attention to their eyes (whilst nor staring).

5. Have fun - nothing works better to build relationships than by having a foundation of a fun time together. So laugh, take time to 'play' and be informal. Take part.

5 Questions

1. What do you know about your people outsiderepparttar 119424 business? 2. When wasrepparttar 119425 last time you asked them about something important to them?

3. What percentage of your people do you speak to every day? 4. Who have you shared your hopes, fears, worries and excitements about your organisation with this week? 5. What three steps can you take to build relationships between you and your people - inrepparttar 119426 next three working days?

There is no time likerepparttar 119427 present to start and to focus on Relationship Building. It isrepparttar 119428 basis of all you do when you manage others.

2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com. (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).

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