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5 Ways to Spice Up Business Meetings So They Are Not Boring

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We spend a good portion of our work week in meetings, and meetings are an essential part of doing business. They are an efficient way for people to quickly exchange ideas and information, as well as come to agreement on various matters. Nevertheless, people often view them as boring and a waste of time. While you should only schedule meetings in your meeting room booking system when they are truly necessary and you should strive to keep them as short as possible, you can also improve the way you carry out meetings to boost engagement. If you have more interesting meetings, your teammates might even start enjoying them and looking forward to them each week. Here are 5 different ways to spice up your next meeting.  

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Things You Should Do After Every Meeting

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Do you feel like your meetings are a waste of time and that they aren’t achieving their objectives? Maybe it’s not your meetings that are the problem, but what happens (or doesn’t happen) afterward that is the cause for concern.    We spend a lot of time talking about how to prepare for a meeting, as well as how to facilitate effective meetings, but just because a meeting finishes does not mean that the work is over. It’s risky to assume that because you had a great discussion during your meeting, the ideas you talked about will be acted upon or even remembered. Take the following steps after your meeting to maximize results and ensure that progress is made post-meeting.   Distribute meeting minutes

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Productive Meetings – How to Set an Effective Agenda and Accomplish Your Meeting Objectives

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Why You Need to Prepare an Agenda? We’ve all been in meetings that veer off topic or in which participants are unprepared. In order to prevent this from occurring and avoid wasting people’s time, it’s important to start your meetings with a clear agenda. A well-written meeting agenda helps participants come better prepared and stay on task. A meeting agenda is also helpful in allocating time, getting everyone on the same page, and identifying when a discussion of a particular topic is complete. When problems occur during a meeting, a meeting agenda can bring the conversation back on course and help your team address issues. A meeting agenda outlines all of the topics that your meeting will cover and allots time to each topic. The following

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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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Do You Really Need to Have That Meeting?

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Meetings are an integral part of business life. Whether you’re having difficulty coming up with an action plan, aren’t sure what to do on a project, or want to bounce ideas off of your teammates, scheduling meetings is the default response in most business situations.  Holding a meeting can be the right decision in some cases, but not all. The following are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to schedule a meeting.   Have You Done Strategic Thinking About the Project?   If you aren’t clear about what you’re doing for a project, you might feel like you want to schedule a meeting with the stakeholders involved to gain clarity. This has the potential to waste your time and that of

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