In business, everything should have a purpose. Nothing should be aimless.
In these pages, there is a wealth of interesting tools and techniques that could either make your meetings more productive, or which could add to their inefficiency. So how do you know which are which? The answer is, that implementing them without a clearly defined purpose is a fairly sure way to achieve the latter.
So how do you set about identifying your purpose? Our answer would be to begin with a few questions.
(click on the questions below to explore them further)
Do you have a clear deficiency in your meetings currently?
Can you see opportunities to improve their productivity and power?
Do you understand how improving your meetings will positively impact those who attend them?
Have you validated this with them?
Do you know what changes will provide the biggest impact on your meeting performance?
Are they prioritised?
Have you identified a practical strategy for bringing about those changes?
How will you know that they have worked?
Answering these questions will not only help you to select the idea tool(s) or technique(s) to improve your meetings, it will enable you to fine tune them to maximum effect, and to build on them with further improvements over time.
Your meetings are unlikely to be a basket case – one way or another, they are sufficiently effective to sustain your current situation. Your most productive approach to improvement will be to accept this, and to ensure that the improvements you choose are practical, pragmatic, and able to generate the greatest returns for the effort you put in.
You do not need to do everything at once – simply keep things manageable and steady – ideally at a rate of one or two improvements at a time. But make sure you track your progress on these to ensure that they are successful.
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