COMING UP FAST: Stressbuster - Better meetings

COMING UP FAST: Stressbuster - Better meetings - Meetings - no-one seems to want them, but they're impossible to avoid. Try these basic guidelines to help them pass more smoothly.

by GAEL LINDENFIELD, author and lecturer, www.gael-lindenfield.com
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Meetings - no-one seems to want them, but they're impossible to avoid. Try these basic guidelines to help them pass more smoothly.

Agree the procedural rules for all meetings. Have these printed on every agenda.

Re-read the agenda beforehand and de-stress with deep breathing and stretches. Put the phone on divert.

Start promptly. The first minutes are make-or-break in creating a conducive atmosphere. Look calm, sound assertive.

Delegate and rotate roles - especially those of time-keeper and agenda guard. This makes everyone more aware of the need to keep to task and be disciplined with time.

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