Friday, February 18, 2005

Meetings, How to have effective

Are you finding that your meetings aren't as effective as they could be? Here's plan!
  1. Have a pre-meeting meeting to discuss what will happen in the meeting.
  2. Have the meeting (as usual).
  3. Have a post-meeting meeting to discuss what just happened at that meeting.
This works best when the three meetings are back-to-back-to-back. Also, a change of scenery helps give attendees a fresh perspective, so move the meetings from room-to-room.



Anonymous said...

Just another tip for making meetings more effective, and for making yourself more popular with your co-workers as well. At meetings, pick a certain person and automatically contradict everything he says. In the course of your contradiction, be sure to exaggerate the original statement first. Here's an example: Suppose a colleague says, "Maybe we should invite Professor Smith to our next meeting." You speak up and say, "I don't think we should get into the habit of letting faculty make all our decisions for us." Or, if a cohort says something like: "Maybe our University President is unaware of some of our inflationary costs," pipe up immediately and retort, "We shouldn't assume the President is a totally ignorant moron." The more cleverly you exaggerate the original point, the more fun it is. This can become a sort of game in itself, and can keep you entertained through long, boring meetings. What's more, your colleagues are sure to appreciate your wit and creativity.

e said...

Forget effective, try bearable. Here's a tidbit from our library's sordid past... In response to the Head Librarian's meeting-happy policies, coworkers created staff-meeting-bingo cards filled with said librarians most repeated words or phrases. Why not try this one yourself? It makes an otherwise mindnumbing situation more enjoyable, and also provides incentive to actually pay attention.