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How to Make Business Meetings More Productive

By: Jeremy Bowler

 

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Do you feel as though your business meetings are not as productive as they could be? If so then you need to make a change as soon as possible. If you don’t then you may be running your company into the ground and this is the last thing you need. You may also find that your team becomes frustrated if you do not host efficient meetings, but all of this can be avoided if you take a few simple steps now.

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Define your Business Purpose

One of the first things you need to do is define the purpose of your meeting. Decide whether your meeting is necessary and make sure that you are giving thought to all of the ways you can get things done. It may be that a report is a better way to go about doing things or that you end up having a meeting with the decision-maker. If you want to gauge opinions on something then you can host a poll. Remember that having a meeting is never the only option and that there are things you can do to keep things nice and efficient. You can also host interactive online meeting activities, so make sure that you keep that in mind. 

Set an Agenda

Another thing you need to do is try and set an agenda. You need to figure out if you actually need to host the meeting and how much you intend to cover. If you do not have an agenda then you need to either cancel or reschedule the meeting. By doing this, you will soon find that your team becomes more engaged in the meetings you do hold and this can make a major difference overall. You also need to make sure that you stick with the agenda and that you do not stray off-topic. If you do then you may find that everyone’s time ends up being wasted and this is the last thing you need.

Consider Priorities

Allow people the chance to say no if they feel as though they need to. Allow your colleagues to decline the invitation if they can show that they do not need to be there. If you can do this then you will soon find that your meetings become far more efficient. If you have a lot of team members who are on holiday then do not invite people for the sake of it. If you do then you will soon find that you end up dragging the meeting out when you just don’t need to, and on top of this, you may find that you end up not being able to connect with people in the same way when all of this can be avoided.

Of course, if you want to make your meetings more productive then this is very easy to do. Just make sure you follow the above tips so you can make sure that you make a positive change to your company and your staff morale. This is a great way for you to make a difference. 

Published: May 2, 2024
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Jeremy Bowler

Jeremy Bowler is a full-time copywriter of five years specialising in business and finance. Jeremy graduated from the University of Chester with degrees in business accounting and finance. He's an avid traveler and has taught English in Nepal, Malaysia, and Japan and has produced copy for Neil Patel, Entrepreneur and Metro amongst many other high-end publications.

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