Meetings can be unproductive and a waste of time. Here’s some tips to make them less of a target of your angst.
Have the Right People in the Room
When you’re calling a meeting, make sure you know who will attend and why.
Use a Statement of Purpose
First among your notes is your statement of purpose for the meeting. Every meeting needs one. It should go out with the meeting invitation. Repeat it for everyone at the start of the meeting itself.
Distribute an Agenda
The purpose is the “why” of the meeting. You also need an agenda, which is the “what.” List the topics you’ll discuss at the meeting and the decisions you’ll make.
Wait for Electronics
Ban electronics from meetings. No email. No cell phones. If you have to take notes, do it on paper.