Meetings. Does anyone ‘like’ them?
Well, I do. I have had some amazingly productive and informative ones over the years. Sometimes they’re held in offices, sometimes in dedicated meeting rooms, sometimes over a cuppa in the campus cafe, and occasionally over lunch off-site. But what makes a ‘good’ meeting? For me a ‘good’ meeting is:
- Needed – sometimes emails or phone calls aren’t enough to gauge progress, cover what’s needed, etc.
- Short – not too short that you end up needing another one to cover what you missed (see later) but not too long that you end up going off topic and wasting time.
- Purpose – everyone present knows the meaning and reason for the meeting, and sticks to the agenda and gets on with it, in the time allocated.
- Equal – no one dominates the discussion or agenda unnecessarily.
- Prepared – Everyone present should be there, no unnecessary invitees, and everyone is prepared for it.
- Closed – clearly defined actions, if they’re needed, on who does what from here, and by when. if further follow up is needed then this is agreed in advance and timescales set.