Meeting Management

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Liven up a boring meeting

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: Internal CommunicationMeetingsTeamwork

You are in charge of a committee at work that no one seems to care about. Meeting attendance is lackluster, and those who do come rarely speak up. Here are 11 ways to make people feel more engaged.
Planning an out-of-town meeting? Here’s how to deal with delays, cancellations, shutdowns, mergers and other airline industry woes.

3 don’ts for your next meeting

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsProblem Solving

Work is ever more collaborative, and the need for daily efficiency stronger than ever. So who has time for boring, unproductive meetings? No one. Keep meetings focused by heeding these don’ts.

Packing eco-minded travel needs

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: OrganizingTravel

Help your eco-minded boss travel with a green conscience. Steer him toward these goods, perfect for packing.
Kate believes the meeting is a huge waste of time because colleagues always ramble on when it’s their turn to speak, and there’s no real structure to the gathering. At this point, says family and divorce lawyer-mediator Laurie Puhn, Kate can handle this situation in two ways. One is a communication blunder; the other a communication wonder.
“I work with a constant complainer. And now, other admins have started to join in. How am I, as the team leader, supposed to put a stop to it?” Hold a gripe session, providing a forum for negative employees to vent.
Tasked with recording minutes? Designate a “parking lot,” where all off-topic ideas can reside. It can be a real or figurative whiteboard where you list ideas as they pop up. Participants can pursue those ideas at a more appropriate time.
Even if you’re not the person’s manager, you can gently coach a “difficult” co-worker toward positive behavior. Try taking the employoee aside after a meeting and follow these steps.

Kick up your meetings

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: Meetings

Respondents in Britain deemed cookies more important than lighting, technology and artwork in a boardroom.

The icebreaker: ‘Hi, my name is …’

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Break the ice with this activity, geared toward a group of 20 or more, taken from Quick Meeting Openers for Busy Managers by Brian Cole Miller. The goal isn’t a “meet and greet,” but for everyone to really get to know a few new people.

Nitty-gritty minute-taking

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsTaking Minutes

“I hate taking minutes. What do I write down? How do I know what’s important?” Streamline your minute-taking by recording notes as bullet points. Distill any conversation down to its essentials.

Get going with online travel aids

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: InternetTravel

Plan trips more easily with these online tools: Farecast, Google Maps and Inside Trip …