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Put An End To Unproductive Meetings

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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Are your meetings putting employees to sleep?  There is nothing more boring and demoralizing than mandatory meetings where presenters drone on and on about topics that aren't relevant to attendees. You can make your meetings more effective and interesting by following a few basic steps:

1.  Only schedule meetings when absolutely necessary.

2.  Invite only those who are directly involved in the topic at hand.

3.  Create an agenda, pass it out and use it.

4.  Offer refreshments.

5.  Start on time.

6.  Designate someone to take notes and have them transcribed and distributed after the meeting.

7.  Assign tasks and due dates on the spot and indicate if a follow-up meeting will be necessary.

8.  End on time.

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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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