How to Run a Good Meeting

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Step1

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An agenda is a MUST! Have an agenda. An agenda lets all attendees know what will be discussed and allows them to be ready with questions, updates, etc.

Step2

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Stick to the agenda! The meeting leader needs to exercise discipline and stay on topic. If you are a participant, bring up non-agenda items at the end of the meeting.

Step3

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If you are the meeting leader, pay attention! Few things diminish the value of a meeting more than having the meeting leader fiddling with their Blackberry or working on their laptops.

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Is this meeting worth our time? The meeting leader should be willing to question whether a weekly meeting makes sense. If its just for updates, would a Wiki be a better option? Is the meeting covering the same information as another meeting? Could this meeting be held every two weeks?

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