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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (5/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (5/5)

5. We keep having the same conversations because nothing gets done between meetings. To address this problem, make sure you have closure on each topic so that next steps are nailed down. Send out a summary of the meeting within an hour of it’s ending or at least before end of day. Assign someone to follow up with everyone between meetings to see that they are making progress on...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (4/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (4/5)

5. No one is paying attention because they’re on their phones or laptops. You can tolerate some distractions when they occur irregularly, but if people are regularly typing emails or checking their texts, it can kill meaningful participation. Setting new norms starts at the top. The senior people in the meeting must model attentive verbal and nonverbal behavior. If they have side conversations, bring other...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (3/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (3/5)

3. Most of our meetings are just passing along information that could easily be sent in an email. We don’t talk about real issues. Spending 10 to 15 minutes of a 90-minute meeting on updates isn’t a big deal. Spending 90 minutes sharing information that could be communicated by other means is a problem. How can you raise this issue to the meeting organizer? Here’s some...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (2/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (2/5)

2.      My boss doesn’t lead meetings effectively. If your boss lacks the skills to effectively facilitate a meeting, you can step up to the plate. You might offer to prepare the agenda for your boss. Solicit topics from the group. Identify outcomes for each topic and get the agenda to people beforehand, if possible. You can also offer to run the meeting if you have the...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (1/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (1/5)

We all complain about meetings. We have too many. They’re a waste of time. Nothing gets done. These complaints often have merit, but they are so broad that they’re difficult to argue with and harder to address. There are specific complaints that can be tackled, however. When I ask people in the workshops I lead what they most want help with, five issues consistently come up: One or...

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