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Aug272012

Why do people take their own notes in a business meeting?

You've got an official note-taker. The note-taker is busily writing down clear and concise notes but as you look around the room other people are taking notes themselves and you have to ask yourself: why?

 

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Sunday
Aug192012

Sound problem-solving advice from Seth

Seth Godin makes some good points on how to run a problem-solving meeting.

He advises to invite the minimum number of people (always good advice for a meeting) but he continues, "Don't invite anyone for political reasons." Again good advice but you do need to take care of the politics. To prevent putting anyone's nose out-of-joint you need to communicate that you are running the meeting and that you'll update them fully with your progress. Keeping people informed is the best tool for preventing political problems later.

The phrase you are trying to avoid is, "Why the hell did nobody tell me about this?". So either tell people before the meeting or tell them afterwards (by sending out a good meeting summary) but do make sure you tell them. 

If you think sending emails to everyone is a problem (you're right it is) then a good alternative is an internal company blog to keep people up to date with what's happening.

Sunday
Aug192012

How to keep up when taking notes in a meeting

We've all been in meetings where there is a rapid exchange of views and the topic of conversation slews off at various tangents with nothing concluded properly. It's really hard under these circumstances to take notes. What should you note and what should you leave out?

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Saturday
Jul212012

3 tips to help meetings end on time

Here are some useful tips to help you finish your business meetings on time:

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    Monday
    Jun182012

    Tips to help you start meetings on time

    Starting meetings on time can make a lasting difference to how attendees feel about the meeting as a whole. Conversely, starting late leaves participants feeling negative and most likely late for their next appointment. Starting late wastes everyone's time and generates unnecessary resentment which in turn breeds a culture of negativity towards meetings. We all need to do our part to help make meetings more positive.

    Here are some simple tips to help you start your meetings on time every time.

     

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