If you’re in the business world, do volunteer work or manage a home business, meetings are likely an integral part of your day-to-day.
However, ensuring a meeting is productive isn’t an easy task (and it can be even more difficult when meeting with new people or clients)!
We have a few suggestions that you can do to make sure your meetings stay on-track to produce some truly creative and innovative outcomes.
The Post-it ® Brand Team
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- Set goals. First, make sure everyone knows what you’re trying to accomplish together. Different people might have different objectives in mind coming into the meeting, so talk it over and decide what you want to achieve in the time you’ve got.
- Choose roles. Not every meeting will require a lot of roles, but it’s important to decide on at least one role – the leader. Assess the skills of everyone in the meeting and decide who should be leading your collaboration. You may also want to designate a note-taker, a follow-up leader or even a devil’s advocate.
- Communicate efficiently. Make sure you’re letting everyone have their say, but don’t let the discussion continue too long once ideas have been hashed out. It’s important to embrace the ideas that are being generated, but also to come to a consensus, making the difficult decisions when they’re necessary.
- Accept disagreements. Not everyone is always going to agree about the best methods of achieving the goals. Make sure everyone is heard and allow disagreements to fuel new ideas. Be willing to compromise to create something that serves everyone’s purposes.
- Think big. The best way to come up with really great ideas is to go beyond what’s easy, clear and realistic, and think about what’s exciting, crazy and even scary. Let those ideas out and then see how they can be scaled into something your team can really achieve.