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Get More Done: Using Meeting Agenda's for Faster Meetings

Do you get stuck in meetings that take too long, don't get to the point and don't stimulate the appropriate actions?

I've been in loads of those too. When I told my boss (in a job I had a long time ago) that I wouldn't attend any more meetings if there wasn't an agenda I was told that I was 'a troublemaker'. How I laugh looking back!
Clear meeting agendas can shorten the length of meetings
A clear agenda allows everyone to
prepare properly and shorten meetings.

Having an agenda for a meeting implies a degree of preparation by the organiser.

Circulation of an agenda prior to a meeting allows for appropriate preparation by the attendees.

Swift sharing of information based on an agenda, preparation in advance and having a clear focus of what the meeting is designed to achieve can make meetings speed up (and be a whole lot more effective).

If you have a regular meeting then 'standard' agendas can work really well, as long as the meetings are punchy and people prepare properly for them.

If you can get your meetings out of the way quicker then your team has more time undertake the actions that come out from the meeting.


What do you think?



Giles Johnston
Author, Consultant and Chartered Engineer