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I wrote 23 tips to control your Inbox, some counter to advice you've might have got before:
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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."
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.