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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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Why You Need a Clear Decision-Making Process for Meetings

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You’ve seen it happen before. A group of people convene to have a meeting with the goal of coming to a decision on an important matter. Each person in the group voices their opinion and presents research and recommendations that support their perspective. By the end of the meeting, everyone has heard everyone else out, yet the group still can’t seem to reach a decision.   What should a team do when they have dissected an issue yet still can’t seem to agree on a decision together? Oftentimes, people will just agree to disagree and say, “Let’s just see how it goes,” or conclude that they can come back to the topic at a later time. But this isn’t the right approach. It’s best if everyone that’s

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What Are Some Keys to Having Successful Remote Meetings?

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Remote work is the future. Large companies like Apple, Amazon, IBM, and Intuit have embraced remote work and its benefits. But that doesn’t mean that remote work doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges. One of the most common complaints about remote work is that it hinders communication and collaboration.   Whether your team is fully remote or some of your employees happen to be working from home on a particular day, running an effective remote meeting is easier said than done. It’s simpler to communicate with people face-to-face because you can gauge their reactions and how they are feeling.   Typically, in-person meetings are perceived as being more productive than remote meetings, but it is possible to have an effective remote meeting with the

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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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Meeting Check-Ins: What They Are and How They Could Benefit Your Organization

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How do you start your meetings? Do you engage meeting participants from the start? The reason why a lot of employees groan when they find out they have to attend another meeting is because they see it as a waste of time. If you want your meetings to be productive, engaging, and well received, it’s important to start off your meetings right because it sets the tone for the rest of the meeting. A great way to open every meeting is with a check-in.  A check-in consists of asking meeting participants a question or set of questions at the beginning of the meeting. A check-in could be as simple as going around the table to ask everyone how they are feeling. Alternatively, you could also ask each person

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