[caption id="attachment_4459" align="alignleft" width="300"] Offsite meetings are free from distractions.[/caption] Drawing from Patrick Lencioni’s work in Death by Meeting, there are specific meeting formats that we find to be very effective. Lencioni says that, “most meetings lack context and purpose.” There are four distinct meetings that...

An often forgotten part of a meeting is the closing. Often, meetings are just disbanded and everyone leaves to get on with what they were doing beforehand. Closing the meeting productively only takes five minutes and it is critical to making sure the meeting was effective....

Our last blog post looked at how to establish Ground Rules for your meeting. Now, it’s time to look at how to make efficient use of your time. This means having some structure to hold everyone to the objective you have set out and making...

The first step in conducting a successful meeting is to establish the rules of engagement. It is important to establish standards of behavior that keep the meeting moving, while respecting every participant’s input and value to the group. The tool for this is a set of...

In business, preparation is fundamental for success. Why shouldn’t we give as much attention to preparing for meetings as to preparing for other tasks, activities and challenges? We have all attended meetings that are a permanent fixture on our calendars, only to wonder why we...