How often do you walk away from meetings thinking it was a complete waste of time?
A meeting is a super important tool for information gathering, sharing perspectives, and getting agreement on things that affect everyone.
But how do you make sure you get the most out of your meetings?
(**spoiler alert** the answer is ALWAYS planning).
Following are some strategies you can use to make sure meetings are enjoyable, fruitful and useful.
Hot tip#1 - Clarify.
If you know why the meeting is necessary and what you want to walk away with, you're well on your way to using the meeting well, so if you're unsure...clarify.
Hot tip #2 - Prepare
Take a moment to visualise/think about what you want the outcome to be and then, if you can, communicate them to the other party. Make sure your expectations and theirs are laid out before the meeting. This doesn't have to be a big formal thing, or a big deal, but it's an important step in not wasting anyone's time.
Hot tip #3 - Take notes
Make a note of any key points raised, by anyone, and especially any actions that need, well, actioning. Don't rely on your memory. Memories are notorious for not being helpful when you need them the most.