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Meeting Basics. So Why Do We Still Have Meetings?

Meeting Basics

Master Facilitator Journal Archives: Directory of articles on facilitation, training, and organizational development. Dont Just Do Something, Stand There!: Ten Principles for Leading Meetings ... - Marvin Weisbord. Welcome to Forbes. Dealing with Team Members Who Derail Meetings. What does your team do when someone takes a meeting off-track?

Dealing with Team Members Who Derail Meetings

If your team is like most, the leader says something like, “Lee, that’s not what we’re talking about now” or “Let’s get back on track” or the team simply ignores Lee’s comment and tries to bring the conversation back to the original topic. But if your team responds in any of these ways, Lee may continue to press his off-track point, the meeting may drag on with members getting more frustrated with Lee, and the team won’t accomplish its meeting goals. Or Lee may stop participating for the rest of the meeting and the team, without realizing it, loses Lee’s critical input and support for implementing a team decision. If you assume that Lee or others who derail a meeting are the problem and the solution is to get them back on track or stop them from talking, you may also be off-track. These team members’ behaviors are often a symptom of larger team problems.

Teams, Minimize Meeting Mutiny. Your team has spent the last three hours in a meeting trying to make a decision about your latest promotional campaign.

Teams, Minimize Meeting Mutiny

If you were being politically correct, you'd say the group had reached an impasse – if you were being brutally honest, you'd admit that leaping across the boardroom table and garroting the graphic artist is an increasingly feasible course of action. We've all been there – trapped in a never-ending meeting with attendees who've reverted to veiled insults, snooty silences and blind stubbornness. Teams, Facilitate This! Using a facilitator is usually a good idea if you want to keep a meeting focused and productive.

Teams, Facilitate This!

Can meetings be effective without a facilitator? Of course. Teams, Avoid Interruptions. Dealing with people who interrupt is a common obstacle in business meetings, but it's one that can be easily overcome with a little planning and confidence.

Teams, Avoid Interruptions

Here are a few tips to help you get a word in edgewise. Tell It Like It Is There's no need to get angry when someone butts in, but let the person know that you won't be interrupted. Don't be afraid to cut back in. You don't have to be rude about it but try saying something like, "Excuse me Bob, but you didn't let me finish. I'd like to add that. …" This way you'll get your point across and the person will have a chance to realize he's cut you off. Many people interrupt without meaning to, so try not to take it personally. Establish Rules Have interruptions become an accepted part of your office culture? Teams, Are You Dealing with a Meeting Bully? In today's team-focused work environment, organizations recognize the benefits of input from a variety of perspectives and people.

Teams, Are You Dealing with a Meeting Bully?

Unfortunately, more teamwork means more meetings which translate into more interactions with diverse personalities. Teams, Workplace Warrior. When you're dealing with heroes and villains in a movie, the plot is simple.

Teams, Workplace Warrior

The hero has to find the villain and take him down (and in most cases, indulges in a little romance on the side). There are several ways the hero can confront his nemesis, but the most common method is total annihilation – machine guns, hand grenades and the obligatory car chase through New York City. Teams, How To Manage Meeting Malcontents. Teams, The Heroes and Villains in Your Meetings. Have you ever recognized the theater in your group’s meetings?

Teams, The Heroes and Villains in Your Meetings

Think about it for a moment – the boardroom is the stage, the participants are the characters and the meeting discussion is the script. Teams, Mitigating Meeting Sabotage. You're a meeting pro.

Teams, Mitigating Meeting Sabotage

You set goals. You come on time. You come prepared. Meeting Basics, The State of Meetings Today. Why Do Meetings Have a Bad Reputation?

Meeting Basics, The State of Meetings Today

Meetings dominate the way in which we do business today. In fact, approximately 11 million meetings occur in the U.S. each and every day.1 Although many of us complain about meetings, we can all expect to spend our careers deeply immersed in them. Most professionals attend a total of 61.8 meetings per month2 and research indicates that over 50 percent of this meeting time is wasted.3 Assuming each of these meetings is one hour long, professionals lose 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings, or approximately four work days.

Diversions - Meeting Cost Clock. Ever wonder how much money each meeting costs your company? The Meeting Cost Clock will help you find out. Simply download the clock and open it at your next meeting. Enter the number of participants in your meeting and their average hourly wage, then click start. The counter will tabulate your meeting cost as the clock runs. Meeting Guru. Blessed Meeter, Below, I've listed a few techniques for dealing with dysfunctional behaviors in the meeting room. I hope these suggestions will help you put a stop to this negative behavior and get the most from your group each and every time you meet.

Situation 1: Meeting Participant Drifts Off-Topic The leader should intervene and explain that the discussion is drifting away from the matter at hand. Try saying something like "Yes. What you're saying is interesting, but we must first address the agenda item – which is to brainstorm alternative solutions to this problem. " Meeting Behaviors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. February 24, 2010 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Communications Management, Project Management Best Practices Meeting Behaviors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly By Andrew Buck I realized yesterday that it had been a while since I’d communicated my thoughts on the topic of Project/Program Management — I’ll thank a colleague for reminding me of that recently — so in keeping with that theme, I’ll use today’s article to explore Communication as a short topic. In specific, no one goes for two decades in the profession without seeing the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of communication in a variety of environments, so I’ve focused today’s post on Meeting Behaviors.

We’ve all been through meetings where we’ve asked ourselves why we were wasting an hour of time that could have been devoted to other important work. Goofus and Gallant. How to use meeting ground rules to shape behavior. High-performing organizations act intentionally. There are meeting ground rules since meetings are an ideal forum in which to both articulate and model target behavior. Meeting Owners (see: How to Run a Great Meeting/) on their own, with their core leadership team (see: How to Form a Core Leadership Group), and with help from a trained facilitator if available, develop three to six ground-rules to review with attendees. Each rule is consistent with how the leader wants people to behave in meetings and in general.

When introduced for the first time, walkthrough each rule and encourage discussion to be sure it and the reason for it, are clear and to get the group’s buy-in. Also to encourage clarity and buy-in, adjust the rule as needed in response to input from the group. Too many ground rules or ground-rules that are complex can be confusing or overwhelming so keep the list short and the rules simple.

Ten Annoying Meeting Behaviors. I spend more hours in meetings than out. Perhaps you do, too. I guess it is just a fact of corporate life. Over the years, I have cataloged a list of annoying meeting behaviors or just “AMBs” for short. None of these by themselves are that bothersome. 50327696. Welcome. Show Me Respect: Promoting Civility at the University of Missouri. Ep civility workplace.

Civility in Public Discourse. Are you civil in the workplace? Six questions to ask yourself. Tccwebextra0514. Civility in the Workplace. Chamber Speaker Champions CivilityFinal Touch School. This article was published in the Wise County Messenger, Decatur, Texas. What makes a good colleague? Academics weigh in (essay) Civility in America 2013 Exec Summary. Tips for promoting civility in public meetings 1.

s2011110808 A 4. {3D49BDF5-E8A8-4C1F-8034-4A400E81C1DD} Encouraging Civil Behavior in Large Classes. Essays on Teaching Excellence Toward the Best in the Academy Vol.15, No. 8, 2003-2004 A publication of The Professional &Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. Lama. No Time to Be Nice at Work. Empathia-advisor-2014-01. Lesson Plan - Effective Meetings. Organized meetings are important for the success of advisory committees as well as any other group. Whether monthly or quarterly, meetings provide groups the opportunity to meet face-to-face to develop group identity and cohesion; define a shared vision and purpose; and develop special projects, tasks and activities.

While most of the actual work performed by the group occurs between meetings, meetings serve as catalysts for measuring progress towards tasks, sharing ideas, group decision making, and group recognition. If properly planned, meetings can be effective. Effective meetings are efficient, results focused, and motivating. Effective meetings efficiently use participant's time. An effective meeting is result focused, because it evokes a sense of accomplishment among participants, is action oriented, and gets clear results.

Effective meetings motivate people to take action and become involved in the projects and activities that the committee undertakes. Clarify the ground rules. American Etiquette Coach on Rules When Attending a Meeting- Workplace Etiquette. Popplet.