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How to Follow Up with People After a Meeting

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Meetings have a less-than-stellar reputation in the workplace and it’s no surprise why. So many meetings happen each and every day, yet people forget what was discussed, the meetings turn out to be a waste of time, or promised actions aren’t taken. Nobody wants to attend a meeting that is a fruitless endeavor.  After having a meeting, it’s important to send out a follow-up email so that attendees can be reminded of what was discussed. The email should contain a recap of the meeting as well as any significant action items or takeaways. A follow-up email ensures that everyone who attended the meeting is on the same page and holds them accountable to what was discussed.   Who should send a follow-up email and when

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Advantages of In-Person Meetings and Why They Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

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Thanks to videoconferencing tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Hangouts, face-to-face meetings are a lot less common than they used to be. While virtual meetings are convenient, especially during a pandemic when many employees are working from home, face-to-face meetings have not become obsolete. Having in-person meetings is particularly important during the early, formative stages of a working relationship when you’re getting to know each other.  There’s lots of talk about how meetings are a waste of time, but little is said about how much time is wasted on digital miscommunication. Messages and emails tend to get buried and forgotten, and it’s easy to get distracted and multitask during a videoconference. Well-structured, in-person meetings can often save teams a lot of time because they demand

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Knowing When to Speak Up in a Meeting and When to Keep to Yourself

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At an organization, your leadership potential and capabilities will be judged by your ability to contribute in meetings. Your participation in meetings and the things you say off the cuff are more important than what you say in a prepared speech or presentation because it is what you do every day. Speaking up in a meeting can help you move up in your career, while holding back can hurt it. Don’t wait till others ask you to contribute to say something. Speak up if you have something to say. But there are also times when you should stay quiet. Here are some tips to help you speak—or not speak—in your next meeting.     When Speaking Up in a Meeting Challenge Yourself

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How to Read a Room Before a Meeting Starts

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To have a successful meeting, it’s important to understand the words being spoken, as well as comprehend tacit, underlying feelings and interactions. You have to know how to pick up on subtle cues and assess the unspoken feelings meeting participants are having. You also need to be able to gauge how people are responding to you and adjust your communications accordingly.  In order to read between the lines, it’s critical to understand people and what they want and don’t want. This helps to build trust between you and your team. Some people find it easy to read a room and assess what people are thinking and feeling, but for others it is a challenge. The good news is that this skill can be learned and practiced. Below are

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How Communication & Collaboration Tools Make for Happier and More Productive Employees

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Many organizations have long been enjoying the productivity benefits that communication & collaboration software offer: it’s easier to communicate with your colleagues both in the office and remotely, share resources and files, and set up meetings. Communication tools also help employees stay connected, allowing them to juggle multiple projects and still remain highly productive. A less anticipated benefit of using collaboration and communication tools is that they increase transparency in everyone’s work. You can more easily keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in your organization, monitor the progress of projects, and keep track of what your colleagues or project team members are working on with tools like team calendar software and resource booking software.   In today’s workplace, employees are often asked to continue

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