Lamarwaltersuccess Blog

August 2, 2012

“9 Rules for Better Meetings”

Filed under: Business, Inspirational, Motivational, Sucessful, Uncategorized — lamarwalter @ 1:28 am

By: Geoffrey James

Trying to fight inefficiency? Keeping business meetings on topic and on schedule is like expanding your workforce without increasing payroll.

Many (if not most) business meetings waste time and therefore money, according to Michael St. Lawrence, author of the best-selling book If You’re Not Out Selling, You’re Being Outsold.

To ensure that a business meeting is efficient and productive, he recommends that the participants agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

1.Be on time.

2.Conduct one conversation at a time; avoid “sidebar” discussions.

3.Respect the opinions of others.

4.Respond to the topic.

5.Be solution-minded: When you identify a problem, suggest a solution.

6.Don’t try to derail the meeting.

7.Do not attack other participants.

8.Avoid introducing tangential topics.

9.Observe time limits, and end the meeting as scheduled.

I estimate that by instituting these guidelines, you get the practical equivalent of increasing your workforce by 10% or even more–but without increasing payroll costs.

The savings are even more dramatic inside those firms (and there are many) that suffer from “meeting-itis.”

One word of warning, however: To actually work, these guidelines must be enforced from the top down.

If the executive team behaves as if they’re too important to follow the rules, the result will be the opposite of that intended–and wasting other people’s time will be seen as an exercise in executive status. Don’t laugh. I’ve seen it happen.

Advertisements

2 Comments »

  1. I was able to find good information from your blog articles.

    Comment by sex meet ups — August 8, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your
    post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post
    to let you know. The design and style look great
    though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Many thanks

    Comment by dating seniors — August 16, 2012 @ 7:32 am


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: