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Are you presenting at your next meeting? Stop and read this first. 👇…S
If you want a break from the madness in the news, I wrote a blog post on how to take control of your Email Inbox, which for some people is a daily struggle. I wrote 23 tips to control your Inbox, some counter to advice you've might have got before:…
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This is the most comprehensive set of advice about meetings I could come up with. Just kidding, I could write another 23 tips. But these are the 23 most valuable tips you'll get about managing and running meetings.…
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Here is a HUGE tip for anybody leading a meeting. If you aren’t funny, do not start with a joke. Second tip: You are not funny.
When nobody is listening to the monotone meeting facilitator...
Considering having 20 people attend the meeting? Well, don’t.
Embrace Grumpy Cat's mentality. Say. No. To. Meetings.
Did you know that executives spend 23 hours on average in meetings each week? On average, eight of those hours are unproductive.
You know it is a bad meeting when the snacks can’t even save it.
Michael Scott: long meetings You: Toby
Do your meetings run late? Try this: Create a “meeting jar” and the last person to speak, if the meeting goes over, has to put $5 in the jar. At the end of the month buy some pizza for the office.
That one person who always eats a Thanksgiving sized meal during the meeting.
When you’re on a Zoom call and the person shares their screen, causing you to see yourself…
"We will continue to have these meetings every single day until we work out why the project is not getting done."
When you forget your Zoom audio is on and you say something embarrassing...
Maybe the worst part of quarantine is having too many Zoom meetings.
Smiling thorough the pain of another meeting.
Try this: For meetings in conference rooms, turn on the lights, open the blinds, and let fresh air in. Research indicates that better ventilation (lower CO2 concentration) and bright lighting leads to better cognitive and reasoning performance. Want even more? Stand up.
"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."
Try this: Take notes. You don't have a picture-perfect memory. Taking notes also help with memory recall, even if you don't look at your notes later. It's also valuable when multiple people take notes since each person has different interpretations of what was said.
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When the meeting is finally over!
When your boss asks you a question but you're not paying attention during the meeting.
Try this: Show engagement and that you are actively listening by using body language. Head nods or moving your body forward are underutilized gestures that increase engagement and make others feel appreciated in meetings.
When we first entered quarantine.
When your next meeting started two minutes ago
Try this: Don't let a meeting end abruptly without closure. If you see the clock ticking and there are less than 5 minutes left, start the landing protocol. Even if there are items left to be discussed, start wrapping up by enumerating the actions items and decide on follow-ups.
This is our mood right now.
Try this: When you are giving a presentation on the topic you are the expert on, simplify it and then simplify it even more. You are the expert so the concepts will seem natural to you but for everyone else, they might get lost by the third slide.
"I think the reason we “nod off to sleep” is so it almost looks like we’re just emphatically agreeing whenever we’re in a boring meeting."
Try this: Instead of adding an agenda to the meeting invite, add the 2-3 questions you holp to answer during the meeting. As a bonus, you'll know when the meeting is over once the questions have been answered.
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When the meeting should be over but somebody asks another question.
Try this: Be on time. Tell everyone to be on time. Give people two minutes before you get started. In pandemic times, it's hard to take a restroom break or even grab a fruit between meetings.
"The trouble with being punctual for business meetings is that nobody’s there to appreciate it."
Try this: Don't have time to come up with an agenda for the meeting? No problem. Write a few sentences in the meeting invite about its goal. This will give people the right mindset before they join the meeting and it'll help keep the meeting within its boundaries.
When you're an hour into the meeting and still discussing the first agenda topic.
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Try this: If the meeting is getting too confrontational and you are feeling your heart pounding, do a breathing exercise by breathing in for 2s and out for 2s, repeating it ten times. No one will notice it and it'll help you tremendously.
Want some tips on how run an effective meeting? Check out this article.…
Try this: Don't answer all the questions when you are leading a meeting. A lot of times people are asking a question because they have the answer. Turn it around. "Yes, that's a great question. I'd love to hear your thoughts first."
Looking at our schedule like...
Try this: Decline a meeting invite with an agenda and say that since you haven't seen the agenda, you believe the meeting can be just an email. Either the meeting will be an email or an agenda will show up shortly.
"I learn a lot in meetings. For instance, did you know that by bending a paper clip once, you can make a pretty cool ‘S’"
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