4 Ways To Stop Getting Nothing Done In Your Meetings

“All we’re doing is setting up the time of the next meeting.”

A meeting doesn’t take much to make it bad, and a lot to make it good. Between donuts and coffee, not everyone reading the memos and some people not contributing at all, meetings lead to frustration, frayed nerves and a seemingly endless cycle that can’t be broken. There’s a better way, but you have to realize something first:

People react to and prepare for meetings in two different ways. You need to prepare for both of them to get the most out of your meetings.

You don’t need to know the science behind all of this to apply the principles immediately. Know that it is there, it is accurate, and it works. If you’re willing to, make this an experiment for an upcoming meeting and see if there is a marked difference. If your meetings are bad, there really is not much you can lose, is there?

  1. Send out a reminder about the meeting the day before.
  2. Change the agenda points to focus questions.
  3. Review the focus questions at the beginning of the meeting.
  4. Ask for more feedback through email the day afterwards.

That’s it.

With that, everyone will be more involved. You will get more ideas, more interaction, and more use out of one meeting than you ever have before. Good luck in your future business.

By the way, those four steps for better meetings are based off of people being Extraverts and Introverts, one of the four aspects of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. If you want to know more about how to apply Myers-Briggs® to your business, we suggest you look into the classes and information Dr. Richard D. Grant, Jr. has on applying Myers-Briggs® to your business.