Quick Tip - Effective Meetings Begin With a Goal

Written by Steve Kaye

Goals are critically important forrepparttar success of a meeting. You must know what you want so you can ask for it. Andrepparttar 136687 participants need to know what you want so they can help you get it. Without goals, a meeting becomes a journey without a destination.

Unfortunately, many meetings are called without goals. So, you hear people start meetings by saying, “Well, what do you want to talk about?” This is similar to walking into a factory and asking, “Well, what do you want to make?” You could end up with anything from ant farms to xylophones.

Thus, your first step is to write out a statement ofrepparttar 136688 results that you want to have byrepparttar 136689 end ofrepparttar 136690 meeting. I want to emphasize that you must write outrepparttar 136691 goals forrepparttar 136692 meeting. This forces you to define exactly what you want. Certainly, if you’re unable to express your goals on paper, you can expect to have difficultly explaining what you want torepparttar 136693 attendees.

Quick Quiz - Measure Your Meeting Mastery

Written by Steve Kaye

Here’s an easy quiz to checkrepparttar health of your meetings.

1) Who leads your meetings? -- a) No one, b) Whoever hasrepparttar 136686 loudest voice, c) A facilitator

2) What happens torepparttar 136687 ideas in your meetings? -- a) If we had to think of ideas, it would be work, b) We make fun of them, c) A scribe writes them on a chart pad

3) Are results obtained in your meetings? -- a) We eat allrepparttar 136688 donuts, b) And we drink all ofrepparttar 136689 coffee, c) Yes!

4) Do your meetings have an agenda? -- a) Is that some kind of cabinet?, b) I saw one once in an article, c) Yes!

5) Who attends your meetings? -- a) We have bleachers to hold spectators, b) The entire staff plus any homeless people inrepparttar 136690 neighborhood, c) Only those who can contribute

6) How long are your meetings? -- a) I’ll let you know when this one ends, b) All day, c) An hour or less

7) During a meeting do you: -- a) Break a foam cup into bits, b) Prepare forrepparttar 136691 next meeting, c) Focus onrepparttar 136692 topic

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