Everyone should know why they've gathered

Set the agenda for the meeting. It can be summarized on a handout, written on a whiteboard, or discussed explicitly at the outset.

While it may seem obvious to set an agenda, many meetings start with no clear idea of the purpose.

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How to Run an Effective Meeting - Business Guides

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  • Start at a predetermined time. Not a minute later. Sitting around trying to guess when the meeting will start is a waste of a precious resource. Busy people should be able to discipline themselves to be there on time.
  • Ending on time is just as important. It will help ensure you accomplish what's on your agenda.

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Leave the last few minutes of every meeting to discuss the next steps.

This includes deciding who is responsible for that task and what the deadlines are.

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