effective meetings

10 Characteristics Of Effective Meetings

How many meetings do you go to that turn out to be a waste of time and you might actually have achieved something if you had just got on with your work?

Here are ten fundamental concepts that characterise an effective meeting.

1) Definition: A meeting is a business activity where select people gather to perform work that requires a team effort.

2) A meeting, like any business event, succeeds when it is preceded by planning, characterised by focus, governed by structure, and controlled by a budget.

3) Short meetings free people to work on the essential activities that represent the core of their jobs. In contrast, long meetings prevent people from working on critical tasks such as planning, communicating, and learning.

4) Three things guarantee an unproductive meeting: poor planning, lack of appropriate process, and hostile culture. Effective leaders attend to all of these to create an effective meeting.

5) Effective meetings require sharing control and making commitments.

6) The ultimate goals of every meeting are agreements, decisions, or solutions. Meetings held for other reasons seldom produce anything of value.

7) Unprepared participants will spend their time in the meeting preparing for the meeting.

8) It is better to spend a little time preparing for solutions than to spend a lot of time fixing problems.

9) Meetings are an investment of resources and time that should earn a profit.

10) A meeting can be led from any chair in the room. And if it’s your meeting, you want it to be your chair.

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Body Language

Here is a short article which applies not only to job interviews but also one for people who are selling.

When you are face to face with an interviewer or prospective client, you may not be aware of this but the other person/s is observing your body language, very carefully. Your body language says a lot about yourself, so you need to control negative body movements and encourage positive body movements and

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When Prospects Give The Silent Treatment

Here’s an article which I rediscovered the other day. It makes interesting reading…

If you’ve been marketing your products for a while, you’ve probably had at least one experience in which your prospect suddenly started giving you the “silent treatment.”

“I don’t know what to do when I get hit with the ‘silent treatment’ — you know, when I’ve worked with a prospect for quite a while, and we’ve had great conversations, and they’ve expressed interest in our solution — and then all of a sudden everything stops.

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Excellent Words & Phrases For Ad Writing

Add sales punch to describe your merchandise or sales offer – use one of the following words. It may be helpful, used alone, or with other words. They have been selected from successful ads for your convenience in preparing copy.

Absolutely. Amazing. Approved. Attractive. Authentic..

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Corporate Identity Package?

Just what is a corporate identity package?

If you’re like many small business owners, you might be wondering just what a corporate identity package is. And if you already know what it is, you might be wondering why your small business would need one. After all, you’re just a small business, not one of those big corporations. What’s in it for you?

Just as the name implies, a corporate identity package identifies your company to potential clients,

Pulling A “Sickie” At Work

If you’re an employer or a manager then ‘work place absence’ is going to be costing you money, inconvenience, and will be upsetting your hard earned customers. As we all well know, not all days taken off work are due to genuine sickness. Many employees “pull a sickie” because their morale is low and they just don’t like, can’t do their work or at the worst… can’t be bothered.

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