Meetings

Virtual meetings, whether by phone or video, have become a business staple. But virtual meetings present special challenges. How to stay professional during a virtual meeting:

How to take smart meeting notes

October 7, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsWriting/Editing

Some of the most successful businesspeople, such as Bill Gates, are known for taking detailed, effective meeting notes. Gina Trapani, a technology writer and software developer, recently shared three different note-taking systems in Fast Company:

Ask 5 questions before every meeting

September 14, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

Communications strategist Miri McDonald thinks unproductive meetings should be banned. And when a meeting is needed, it should be both productive and fun. She believes in thinking through every aspect of a meeting in advance—everything from the relationships between attendees to which open-ended questions will get a conversation going.

Whose meeting is it, anyway?

September 1, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsOrganizing

You receive a meeting request for your boss, but there’s no agenda attached. You don’t want your boss to walk into the meeting room unprepared, but then again, it isn’t your job to do the organizing work. Is it?
“Although I’m viewed positively at work, I believe my reserved demeanor is holding me back. I’m not shy, but I have trouble making small talk … Can you suggest some communication strategies for meetings and social situations?” — Not a Talker
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No-doze tips

August 2, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

It’s a warm August afternoon, and you’re beginning to feel sleepy after sitting in a conference room meeting for more than an hour. Here are some helpful pointers on how to stay alert during long meetings:
The meeting may be over, but the minute-taker’s job goes on. At the group’s next meeting, you may hear corrections to the minutes, says Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics. “Follow the legal requirements of your organization in correcting the minutes,” she says. “If no special requirements are indicated, then follow this procedure”:

Three cures for long meetings

June 11, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

Here are three cures for long meetings, adapted from “Work Smart: Unconventional Cures for Meetingitis”:

2 online tools worth bookmarking

May 28, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsOrganizing

Lunchwalla.com reduces the effort involved in organizing lunch meetings. The site pulls together reviews, menus, OpenTable reservations and an RSVP function into one central location. Gazelle.com gives you cash for your business’s out-of-date gadgets.
You’re taking minutes in a meeting when the conversation suddenly goes off topic. Or two attendees begin to argue. To what extent should you capture the conversation? Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics, offers these tips for turning meeting conversations into a valuable road map—even when the conversation is difficult to track.

On the agenda: lunch

April 29, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

When a group is working through lunch, keep energy levels up with the right menu. Three tips:
Question: “Although I’m viewed positively at work, I believe my reserved demeanor is holding me back. I’m not shy, but I have trouble making small talk. In meetings, I give input whenever I’m asked, but seldom volunteer information … Can you suggest some communication strategies for meetings and social situations?”