A: This will depend on the type of meeting. If the meeting is action-oriented (e.g. a kick-off or progress meeting), this will probably take a reasonable portion of the meeting – especially if who does what is not clear. The discussion of who should take the various actions can be very important and should not […]
A: It is good practice to have a nominated time-keeper for the meeting – in larger meetings (say, more than 10 attendees) this should be a separate role from the chair or note-taker. This person should be responsible for making sure that agenda items don’t overrun, and for getting back on schedule if the meeting […]
A: The best thing to do just before the end of a meeting is to run through all the points of agreement and any agreed actions (the chair normally should do this), and then to confirm the date of the next meeting (if any). Hopefully both can be done with minimal debate and discussion. A […]
A: During the discussions it usually becomes apparent what needs to be done. If not, the chair should prompt for what actions are required. It is normally best to leave the question of who should be responsible for any given action until after the meeting has agreed what the requirements are.
A: The most important thing is to recognise the feelings of those involved. This can be difficult and uncomfortable, and one of the barriers to that can be your own feelings. You may need to confront risky interpersonal issues and doing this effectively is a skill most people have to learn and develop. Reviewing this […]
A: Although the temptation may be for mutual back-slapping, remember there is always room to improve – and that the next meeting might not be so successful. So it is worth taking a moment to review the meeting and to see what can be carried forward to make future meetings just as productive, as well […]
A: This can be a good way of promoting team spirit. But you need to ensure that everyone is on-board with it – if some feel left out or not inclined to join in, for whatever reason, you might find the team ceremony becomes divisive rather than inclusive.
A: At an appropriate point in the meeting (e.g. at the end of a topic on the agenda), ask the chair if you may be excused, explaining that you have something else important to attend to
A: Yes, if it is a small meeting – then you can suggest to your boss that the matter might be better dealt with on a one-to-one basis
A: There are several considerations here: If you know in advance the meeting is due to run over work hours, you might want to ask your boss whether you can leave before the end. Then either you or your boss should ask the chair if you can depart before the meeting ends. If the meeting […]
A: This is usually the job of the chair, but if the chair doesn’t sum up, it’s OK to give your own conclusions and invite others to comment. A good way to sum up, is to pick out the main points of agreement from your notes, noting who has agreed to take on each action […]