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Making meetings more productive

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For some, staff meetings can be a nightmare. Whether it because everybody seems to have an opinion to share or presentations that go on for too long, most agree that meetings can be shorter than they really have to be.

Steve Tobak, a high-tech industry veteran puts the blame of unproductive meetings squarely on the managers. “Most managers are so inept at conducting effective meetings you’d think it’s rocket science or a rare genetic trait,” he says.

Here are some tips he shared which will help make a meeting effective.

1) Never hold a meeting for more than two hours, weekly. Less would be too short and more too long.

2)  A meeting must be ruthlessly managed.  That means the boss is responsible for every aspect, including agenda, attendance, punctuality, and documentation. That person keeps everyone on topic and moves the meeting along, no matter what.

3) Debate critical issues. Attack the problem, not the person.

For more tips from Tobak, click here on more.

What are some of your own tips or ideas on how you make a staff meeting productive?

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Written by nasirah

January 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

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