Nine Secrets to Running Outstanding Meetings

Written by Ed Sykes

Nine Ways Johnny Carson Can Help You Run Outstanding Meetings By Ed Sykes © 2005 all Rights Reserved

Recently, America lost one ofrepparttar giants of late night television, Johnny Carson. He was a master at his craft, because he would conduct his show, essentially like a ninety minute meeting. The program would be entertaining, insightful, informative, and leave you wanting more.

Many times we fear going to meetings because we feel, based on past experiences, that they are going to be boring, not relevant, lack information, and we can’t wait untilrepparttar 119460 meeting ends.

Here are my eight techniques used by Johnny Carson to make your meetings outstanding for all involved:

1. Do Your Research Johnny Carson would invest time before each show to find out information on what was important to his guests and audience members. He would find out about his guests’ personalities, their interests, and concerns.

Why not dorepparttar 119461 same? E-mailrepparttar 119462 participants with your agenda beforerepparttar 119463 meeting. Ask them for feedback or any concerns they may have concerningrepparttar 119464 meeting. This allows you address any concerns beforerepparttar 119465 meeting and to think through any potential problems and come up with better answers for solutions duringrepparttar 119466 meeting.

2. Planrepparttar 119467 Meeting Masterrepparttar 119468 details for your meeting. Set an agenda with points to be covered andrepparttar 119469 time period for which they will be covered.

3. Invite Onlyrepparttar 119470 “Guests” That Can Contribute When Johnny was finished speaking with one guest, then it was time to bring out his next guest and engage in conversation with that guest. When he finished speaking with his guests he would excuse them so they could leave.

Invite onlyrepparttar 119471 “guests” that are relevant to subject matter at hand. How many times have you wondered, “Why am I here, this meeting doesn’t pertain to me?” Also once your “guest” has contributed torepparttar 119472 meeting and there is nothing else inrepparttar 119473 meeting that pertains to them, excuse them so they can leave.

4. Keep on Time You knew every nightrepparttar 119474 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson would start at its assigned time (unless there was a special event).

Starting you meeting on time shows respect forrepparttar 119475 participants who maderepparttar 119476 effort to show up on time, and let’srepparttar 119477 late comers know that this behavior is unacceptable.

Also designate one person to berepparttar 119478 time keeper. They are responsible for keeping you on track to stay withinrepparttar 119479 time limits for each subject covered inrepparttar 119480 meeting. The results are that you start on time and end on time while accomplishing your meeting agenda.

5. Setrepparttar 119481 Tone Johnny would stand up and greet each guest with an engaging smile and welcome. Dorepparttar 119482 same with your meeting participants. Put them at ease for more informational meetings. Let them know that you really appreciate their feedback and participation.

7 Tips for Growing Your Business You Do Not Want to Ignore:

Written by Kay Graham-Gilbert

Growing companies must always be ready forrepparttar next challenge. If you fail in meeting critical business challenges you will not grow. Challenges often require some type of breakthrough. But do not be misled. A business breakthrough does not have to be something no one has thought of – it just needs to be a solution to your problem that you can act on now. Breakthroughs may involve simply findingrepparttar 119459 solution to a common, nagging problem or it may be nurturing a more complex way of thinking. We all must be ready and observant of breakthrough opportunities. What keeps us from moving forward can easily be overcome by incorporating one or all ofrepparttar 119460 following tips. There is nothing magical about growing a business – it just takesrepparttar 119461 right effort.

Tip #1 Encourage sales training that is not selling

Insist on learning from all personnel beyond their functional area. Learning should not be limited to top managers. Yes, employees may receive a lot of training, but it is usually limited to how to do their job. The more they know and understand general business concepts and specific operational issues,repparttar 119462 easier it is to provide input and answers to business challenges. This does not mean that everyone needs to become experts in strategy, leadership, finances, marketing, sales, operations, distribution … but as they learn a little about each category and then more inrepparttar 119463 areas that interest them,repparttar 119464 better able they will be to provide a valuable contribution. Do not encourage sales personnel to only learn about selling. Remember that learning comes in all forms and does not have to be provided byrepparttar 119465 organization – reading publications, taking seminars, listening to subject matter authorities, observingrepparttar 119466 successful etc.

Tip #2 It is not about your weaknesses

We tend to concentrate on what is wrong and ignore what is right. It is surprising how many managers are unable to identifyrepparttar 119467 top three strengths of their organization. If you have not uncoveredrepparttar 119468 company’s true strengths - what you do better than most - then how can you take these strengths and apply them to other aspects ofrepparttar 119469 operation? Knowing your strengths is justrepparttar 119470 beginning. Understanding how you got there and why you are able to excel in a particular area is what will allow you to duplicate these assets. This should not be limited torepparttar 119471 “top” strengths ofrepparttar 119472 organization. Break down what you do well by division, function, even by individual. Share with others and teach where necessary. Be fruitful and multiply – applying your strengths to all aspects of your business.

Tip #3 Mine your existing resources

This may berepparttar 119473 most overlooked gem of business success. We are too quick to just purchase a new gadget or hire more staff or obtain outside counsel without fully utilizingrepparttar 119474 talent and resources at hand. It is essential to evaluate your existing resources. Where is there an opportunity to leverage what you have? Could your IT system be used to collect needed data? Is there a way to get existing data in a format that will assist decision-making? Does your IT system already containrepparttar 119475 information? You getrepparttar 119476 idea. Untapped resources are not limited to IT systems. How you utilize manpower, square footage, product development, meetings, call centers… all are potential areas for performance improvement and growth. Tip #4 Automate

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