Success is not the result of a single action. It comes from a series of decisions, choices, and actions, it comes from consistently performing well, it may grow out of messy mistakes, and it certainly sometimes gets help from happy accidents along the way. This is true in life; it is also true of meetings.
Relying on accidental success is a questionable approach—which is also true in life and meetings. Instead, embrace happy accidents when they occur, but use these questions to engineer successful meetings.
Instead of posing many questions here, I could offer just one. The key question is “What is your plan?” Too often though, the response to it sounds like:
As with many things in life, it is easy to sit back and criticize how badly a meeting was managed but not quite as easy to do a better job. Truthfully, it isn’t difficult to run an effective meeting, but it does require knowing what goes into one. These questions will set you down the right path to leading meetings that inspire, engage, and get results.
If you are in need of specific strategies to answer these questions and knock your meetings “outta the park” every time, my latest book does just that—in 60 minutes! The first title in the Smarter In An Hour series, Don’t Waste My Time: Expert Secrets for Meetings That Inspire, Engage, and Get Results is now available on Amazon.
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