Effective Meetings

1775 WordsDec 6, 20058 Pages
One of the biggest complaints about most organizations is meetings...they waste too much of our precious time. This is bad news for organizations. Meetings are important because that is where an organization's culture and climate perpetuates itself. Meetings are one of the ways that an organization tells its workers, "You are a member." If you have bad, boring, and time wasting meetings, then the people begin to believe that this is a bad and boring company that does not care about time. Likewise, great meetings tell the workers, "This is a great organization to be working for!" Also, remember that bad meetings lead to more bad meetings which cost even more money. Why are there so many bad meetings? Poor planning by the meeting's organizer…show more content…
Have someone write up action steps during each meeting. Action steps include a summary of what was decided, what each person has agreed to do (this solidifies commitments and serves as a written reminder), specific deadlines, and the time and purpose of the next meeting. At the next meeting, the first order of business should be the status of the action steps. Experience has shown that, in the most productive teams, people take on various roles, such as champion, sponsor, and process consultant. Meetings have gotten a bad rap, because many meetings are unproductive and dull. But they have both a place and a high potential in small and large businesses. Good meetings can increase your effectiveness, customer service, and bottom line. Almost every business, whether it has only 2 employees or 2,000, has meetings as a regular part of getting things done. Although employees can communicate with one another in an organization in many different ways, meetings – If they are conducted the right way – can be incredibly effective and efficient. Meetings are not only one of the most important ways for employees to communicate within organizations, but they're also the way that teams get their work done. Although individual team members work on tasks outside of meetings, team meetings give members the opportunity to come together to determine the team's goals, its plans for achieving its goals, and who will do what — and when. We've all experienced more than our share of
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