Don’t Have a Bored Meeting
Angie Morgan, November 30, 2015
I was packing for a business trip recently when my son, Judge, asked, “Where are you going this time?” “Phoenix,” I said. “I have to go to a Board Meeting.”
“What’s a bored meeting?” He asked. “Is that where you have nothing going on and you sit around with your friends wondering what to do?”
I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle to myself. Even though my meeting wasn’t going to be boring, I’ve certainly attended those types before. You probably have, too. It’s the type of meeting where there was no agenda, no structure, no purpose, or goal. Nothing of substance was discussed therefore nothing was accomplished.
As a leader, don’t ever do this to your colleagues. It’s a waste of your time and theirs.
To avoid the Bored Meeting, do the following:
- Create an agenda. Spend at least 30 minutes prior to the meeting to create an agenda – this gives you focus.
- Set goals. Have goals for the meeting – things you’d like to complete by the time you’re finished.
- Start on time. Start the meeting on time – don’t wait for stragglers. They’re late. When you wait for latecomers, it disrespects those who had the discipline to arrive on time.
- End on time. Let people know when the meeting will end. Conclude the meeting when you say you will.
- Recap and give direction. Have everyone restate what they committed to and when they agreed to do it by. This helps ensure action items are clear and have a deadline.
Your ability to lead is on display whenever you pull your colleagues together. Meetings can be your time to shine. Don’t miss out on opportunities to influence your colleagues because you failed to prepare. The effort you put into the meeting will more than payoff in the end.