Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Make Meetings Motor

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Make Meetings Motor

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Get your guest list right. Are the usual suspects the right people, or would some new blood bring a fresh perspective?

Pick your location. Surroundings have a big influence on how we think, so why not ditch the boardroom for the Tate Modern or the Sage Gallery to encourage bigger thinking.

Don't take it sitting down. To keep meetings short, try removing the chairs. Research shows that sit-down meetings take an average 34% longer, and are no better.

Know the purpose. Is this meeting to inform, generate ideas and stimulate discussion, or to reach a decision?

Reflect outcomes in the agenda. Keep items up for discussion clear and to the point, and include a desired result. Instead of just 'Overseas' as a heading, try 'Where to launch outside the home territory' and offer a shortlist of countries.

Plan the sequence of topics. Will the least-informed person be able to contribute to each item without needing information from the discussions further down the agenda? …

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