We’re not against meetings. In fact, they’re some of the most productive and mountain-moving activity you can do, if you do them right. And if you get the right people to the table with the right expectations.
But it’s important to have a clear look at whether meetings are worth your time (and your team’s and everyone involved). We hate wasting people’s time.
Here’s a Meeting Checklist to go over before you agree to your next meeting:
- Is this providing value to where we’re heading?
- Am I mutually providing value to the person I’m considering meeting with?
- Is this a heck yes process? (meaning you’re 100% into accomplishing or solving what you’re going to meet about)
- Could you do a quick phone call to discuss this topic?
- Has a brief and meeting notes/agenda/thoughts been sent prior to the meeting?
- Do I even like this person? (jokes, but no, seriously)
If you can’t answer an emphatic HECK YES to the majority of the above, then consider the following actions:
- Excusing yourself from the meeting—you’re not going to provide value
- Asking for clarification on the agenda and goals of the meeting
- Trim the size of the people involved and/or length of time allotted for the meeting.
- Provide your thoughts and feedback over a brief email/phone call.
Great meetings are fantastic. Anything less than that should be avoided like giant potholes in the road.
(photo via us army africa)
Posted on May 12, 2016
by Tim & Tommy filed under