Is there attention given to how to run a meeting effectively in your business? Unfortunately poor meeting practices are all too common.
Most businesses do not fully appreciate the waste involved, in terms of people's time and productivity, that arises from poor meeting etiquette.
For your next meeting, work out the wage cost involved of having attendees around the table - it will surprise you.
Here are the most common causes of meeting failure. Take a mental note of the ones that you need to correct (if any) in the way you plan and conduct your meetings:
If meetings are called and people do not attend, it is likely that some or all of the pitfalls listed above have happened in the past. All too often, people lose respect for meetings if they are not handled properly, and avoid them where possible. So work towards eliminating bad practices.
In addition, look at ways to make your meetings more enjoyable. Simple practices such as bringing sweets or soft drinks can make all the difference.
The main reason poor meeting etiquette is tolerated is a lack of commitment to change. If only a few people make the effort to change, then their resolve can quickly disappear if others do not support them.
So take a strategic approach. Who are the people with power and influence in your business, that can make change happen? Often it is those at the top level that need to take the first step.
Highlight the savings in time and money that can be made if key players follow the basic rules of how to run a meeting. With time and persistence, meeting pitfalls can become a thing of the past.
Give business meetings the attention they deserve, and get them working for you in a focused, productive manner.
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