Sandler Training - November 2018

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FIND YOUR EDGE

6 STEPS TO AWESOME MEETINGS

DON’T HOLD ANOTHER MEETING WITHOUT READING THIS FIRST

Have you ever seen that coffee mug that says, “I survived another meeting that should’ve been an email”? It’s a great joke because we’ve all had to live it. Unfortunately, these gatherings continue to happen because many meetings lack organization and a defined purpose. When you combine that with dull content, it’s no wonder a “ “BEFORE EVER HOLDING A MEETING, YOU MUST FIND, PLAN, AND ORGANIZE YOUR GOALS.” joke like that resonates with so many people. That’s why we came up with a six-step process to ensure effective communication and intentional topics for your next meeting.

“Thanks everyone for meeting with me today” goes a long way in establishing genuine rapport.

2. TIME

You’re busy. Your team is busy. Your client is busy. If meeting time isn’t tracked, the likelihood of running over drastically increases. One strategy proven to help teams stay on task is establishing a timekeeper. Giving this duty to someone who generally over- participates is a great way to make sure they stay focused and your gathering stays true to its purpose.

3. THEIR AGENDA

From an employee perspective, nothing is more frustrating than feeling like a meeting is a waste of time. That’s why it’s important to understand what your constituents’ objectives are beforehand and prioritize them. If your employees don’t get their problems solved from a meeting, then what’s the use to them in attending?

1. APPRECIATION

4. YOUR AGENDA

Words of affirmation are always appreciated by employees, and starting your meeting off with a simple acknowledgement of your team’s commitment sets a great tone for collaboration. A phrase like

Before ever holding a meeting, you must identify, plan, and organize your goals. You might be able to get away with winging it once, but

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