How To Turn Meeting Killers into Killer Meetings

February 11, 2013

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–Adapted from AMA Business Boot Camp–a compendium of some of the American Management Association's best advice.

Don’t waste your team’s time. Take charge of meetings and make sure they are productive with these 12 steps below.

  1. Admit meeting chaos begins with poor leadership. In the future, begin the meeting with a stated purpose.
  2. Make people accountable. I will make sure everyone knows what to bring and what information they need to know before coming to the meeting.
  3. Establish some “meeting-keeping” roles– including timekeeper, agenda cop, scribe, and moderator. Assigning roles will empower others to give the meeting strength.
  4. With the help of your agenda cop, “park” non-agenda items. (Either have a team member write the thought on a piece of paper and hand it to the agenda cop for inclusion at the appropriate moment or put the thought on a Post-it note and place it on a whiteboard designated as a “parking lot” for ideas.)
  5. Make amends to your team by actually following the agenda.
  6. Ask for feedback.
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About The Author

Edward T. Reilly is President and CEO of the American Management Association (AMA). AMA is the world’s leading not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. Each year, AMA directly interacts with over 100,000 managers and executives in the United States and around the world, through its renowned management education seminar programs and conferences. It publishes many newsletters, research papers and a quarterly management journal. Through its publishing arm, AMACOM, it publishes over 80 books per year.

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