Making Meetings Better

I love 'em. I love 'em not. I love 'em. I love 'em... "Them" is meetings. I do enjoy being in them - the coordination, the collaboration, the face time with departments I don't always get to interact with on a day-to-day schedule. The go-get-'em feeling after the meeting is over. It's all good. Until it isn't.

When they aren't good, I don't like meetings. At all. I dread their arrival and gaze at the clock, watching the seconds tick away as if I was back in high school geometry. Phones beeping, presentation starting, presentation stopping, tardiness - the list can go on. It's bad. Real bad. What do to? I suppose we could all give structure a try - the time being taken away from our schedules and concentrate for a few minutes of the day can really benefit everyone. A little planning. A little discussion. A little documentation. All done.

As individuals, we could lead by example, or even exert that extra effort and send out a schedule before the meeting. Maybe even set up a clock that everyone can see and make the agreed upon stop time the actual stop time. We should also do a better job of finding out how the attendees best absorb information.

Here's an even better list of things to think about and try before and during your next meeting.

As with all things, shouldn't we look back over the previous minutes/hours/days/weeks/months/years and ask ourselves "was it really worth it?". If the answer is no, then lets make that concerted effort to make the next meeting a wee bit better.