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We all dread them—meetings, those any time of day get-togethers that can go on endlessly while your to-do list multiplies. What gives meetings a bad rap? Maybe it's their tendency to drag on, get off track or simply not accomplish any objectives.
Meetings are a necessity. They must be because research shows that the average individual spends 9,000 hours of their lifetime in meetings. If we have to devote so much of our life to meetings, then let's make them more tolerable by understanding how to effectively run them.
There are certain steps to a successful meeting:
Successful meetings are those that are led by someone who is able to take charge using appropriate leadership style who is able to share leadership roles by effectively delegating.
At the end of each discussion, it's helpful to summarize what was accomplished in the discussion, what the next steps are and to verify that all are in agreement.
One of the primary reasons for bringing people together is to get their input, ideas and feedback. The best way to accomplish this is by asking open-ended questions, getting input from employees, and being supportive of new ideas, partial ideas or minority opinions. Ask for concrete examples and always distinguish assumptions from facts.
Inevitably some meetings are more contentious than others. If you're having a problem with conflicting opinions, there are several steps to help in the resolution: