Managing Effective Meetings

Managing effective meetings involves more than sending out an agenda notice of day, time, and place to meet. It requires an understanding of the fundamentals of preplanning and a firm commitment to an agenda structure, order, and purpose that focuses on relevant issues. It is important, as well, to set basic ground rules that inform participants of what they need to know to achieve the meeting’s primary objective. Without these basic ingredients in mind—and a healthy dose of preparation—meetings are more likely to resemble an informal gathering of colleagues routinely presenting status updates, progress reports, and general announcements, or speculating on the plight of the wildebeest for several hours.

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