People hate meetings. Most organizations don’t meet for fun. They make plans, wrestle with issues, and relay important information. A good meeting is like a good day at the gym, you weren’t excited to go there, it wasn’t fun while it was happening, but you feel good afterwards and you like the results.
- Don’t blind side people. Send them an agenda. Let them know what’s on the table and what they need to bring.
- Don’t treat them like robots. Love on your team. Let them see how much care.
- Don’t forget the good stuff. Start each meeting by giving people a chance to talk about something positive that’s going on in their life or department.
- Don’t do all the talking. If you’re doing all the talking, you should have sent an email.
- Don’t assume anything. You’re never as clear as you think you are. Check your team for understanding.
- Don’t leave things to chance. Assign roles and responsibilities to people. Give clear deadlines for when work should be completed.
- Don’t forget the brakes. End meetings on time. People have things to do and places to go. Let them know they can leave.
- Don’t end on a sour note. People love to complain so don’t give them easy ammunition. If you’ve got something tough to say, don’t let it be the last thing that’s said.
- Don’t fizzle out. Launch people out into the mission. Leave them with something that inspires or encourages them.