In This Episode

Meetings often get a bad rap…and for good reason.  Some of the most common problems we find are:

  • There is no agenda (or the agenda isn’t followed)
  • 1 or 2 people dominate
  • Meeting doesn’t stay on time
  • No one is in charge

We contend that you can and MUST do better as the leader and owner of your business.  Scheduling regular meetings for the year gives everything in your business a place to be discussed on a regular basis depending on its priority.  Some things should be covered daily, while others make more sense weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Getting those meetings set up is the first step.  The next step is to make sure that you (or someone else on your team) is leading those meetings effectively.  One of the biggest things we focus on with our coaching clients is to make sure they are clear what the purpose of the meeting is.  This should fall into one of two buckets:

  • Update: as the name suggests, these meetings are geared to update your team about different topics (e.g. daily production schedules, weekly sales, etc.)
  • Working: these are the meetings where everyone can roll up their sleeves and get to work solving problems, brainstorming ideas, planning for the next quarter/year, etc.

Many of the frustrations from meetings result from a lack of clarity on the type of meeting it is or jumping back and forth between Updates and Working meetings.

During the show today we shared several examples of how to effectively structure and run meetings for your business.  At the end of the day it boils down to coming prepared, not winging it, and being purposeful and respectful of your people and time.

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Join us next time when we will talk about how you know it’s time to hire a coach or consultant.  If this is something that’s been swimming around in your mind for a bit, you’ll want to tune in next week!