Picture this. You’re in your office, lackadaisically browsing Amazon for something you don’t need. Then suddenly–you hear a noise. Far different than the clunky whirs of a printer and anxious clicks of a pen; this distinct sound demands you to take action. For you have just received… A NEW EMAIL. Now, your attention has been taken hostage, and in order to focus on your “work,” you must handle the situation immediately.
So, you open the email and see that it’s a meeting invite. As always, you tepidly accept the invite and brace yourself for what will hopefully be a productive meeting. However, we all know that these get-togethers don’t always turn out to be the productive gatherings they were intended to be. This happens for a myriad of reasons. Some people like to window shop online instead of contributing. Others zone out on social media during the meeting. Granted, many people attempt to steer the discussion in the right direction, but oftentimes, everyone leaves the session unfulfilled as they reflect on the past hour with a vague sense of purpose.
Why does this happen? How does this happen? Well, the answer is a bit convoluted and there are many reasons for why these discussions flop. But, it’s important to recognize that meetings shouldn’t be time-vampires, because at the end of the day, it’s the company’s time, resources, and revenue that’s exhausted. So, allow me to offer you a few solutions for holding effective meetings and detail what you can do to make every meeting–a productive meeting.