Working Together: Size Up The Crowd

December 8th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Working Together: Size Up The Crowd”

Meetings get a bad rap. Ask a coworker to attend a meeting; sometimes you will see their shoulders droop. What gives?

As it turns out, meetings aren’t the problem. We are. Most of us don’t really know what a meeting is. Why are we gathering 20 people in a room just to listen to one or two managers talk and then calling it a meeting? It’s time to redefine our terminology. Meeting: a small gathering whose purpose is to solve a problem in a short time frame.

Presentation: all other “meetings”…

Warning signs that your “meeting” may not be a meeting:
1. People stop speaking up
2. Not everyone talks
3. More than seven people
4. It takes more than 20 minutes
5. One or two people “run” it

Signs you’re in a true meeting:
1. Everyone knows the exact purpose or goal
2. Only a handful of people present
3. Everyone contributes
4. It is over in less than 30 minutes
5. You end with a clear directive

If all meetings would follow the “true meeting” formula and the other kinds of gatherings were called what they are — presentations or training events — meetings would stop getting such a bad rap. Managing expectations is a key to happier employees, and fewer “meetings” always sounds good.
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