How to run a great meeting

How to run a great meeting

Listen

Talk less

Be decisive

Listen more 

The ability to listen well has become increasingly rare, especially with so many distractions from technology, we are constantly checking our phones for updates, messages pinging from laptops and our apple watches alerting us when he have new messages. Turn technology off, or better still leave it at your desk!

Talk less

Talking less should obviously lead to greater opportunities for listening, but there's more to it than that.

As the leader of a meeting, learning to bite your tongue accomplishes the following:

  • Others have greater chances to speak their minds

  • You balance rational thought with emotional outbursts

  • You can form better questions to keep the discussion focused

  • You have time to think

No one ever learned anything while speaking.

Be decisive.

Less talking and more listening is great, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't make solid decisions by the end of the meeting. And remember: If no one is assigned ownership of a task, it's not going to get done.

 

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