Tip 1: How to conduct an effective meeting
Remember the basic attributes of an effective meeting. Them a little:1. The meeting has a specific purpose
State the Central theme of the meeting. It needs to be relevant and understandable to employees. It is very important that a working meeting had a specific goal: to develop a plan of activities, to approve the decision to put forward the idea, etc. For example, it is not necessary to discuss the global economic crisis, if your advertising Agency has reduced the number of customers. The meeting in this case, you need to devote to the expansion of services and changes in the system of discounts.
Prepare a detailed agenda of the meeting. In it, specify the main topic, the issues to be discussed, the names of the rapporteurs, the list of invited, the date, time and place of the event. Each agenda item should detail the main theme of the meeting, to reflect any aspect of it. To group questions can be either according to the principle "from simple to complex", either in an analytical manner – "the existing situation – its origin and possible solutions".
Attach to the agenda, the rules of the meeting. It determine the time for the performance of the main speakers, on the information of the co-rapporteurs on specific questions and for discussion. Make the rules even for small office meetings. So you train yourself and your employees to appreciate working hours, to keep within the allotted time, to Express thoughts clearly and to the point.
Communicate the agenda in advance. Send it via corporate email or give into the hands of everyone invited to the meeting. Ask everyone to prepare for the discussion. Focus on what you expect from each participant proposals in the framework of its competence.
Start the meeting a small speech. In 3-5 minutes tell us about the reason that prompted you to organize this meeting and the result you want to achieve. Then introduce the agenda and rules of procedure.
Guide the discussions. Maintain a friendly but constructive discussion. Encourage each participant of the meeting to Express their opinion, refer to the "undecideds" with personal issues that require a detailed answer. Tactfully but firmly prevent attempts to divert the conversation away from the main problem. For each question intermediate results.
Concluding the meeting. again verbalize the decisions made and instructions given to employees. Make sure that all participants understand their tasks and remember deadlines. Important points record. Send a copy of it professionals responsible for the execution of orders and staff involved in the implementation of the decisions taken.