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The One thing to avoid in meetings

We attend meetings with a goal and a schedule in mind. Most of the time we have a shared opinion of what to accomplish; when and how.

Sometimes, we look through the window, outside, waiting for that someone to finish talking. Your mind starts drifting away, and you keep telling yourself that it should be time to stand up and start walking, and just leave the room.

You keep thinking, as that someone won’t stop talking. It shouldn’t have been that hard. We should have planned. You keep telling yourself – one goal, that shared opinion of what to accomplish, when and how. The schedule, that we keep forgetting. We need to finish up by…

The one thing to avoid in meetings is anything that can distract us. Even if that someone won’t stop talking, or that we can’t find that shared goal, or we can’t seem to find anything to keep us moving forward as a team. Remove distractions, and the meeting will be productive (and creative). If we keep looking at our mobile phones, or at our computers, or iPads, or the Apple Watch, or whatever that makes our minds drift away, the meeting will never end.

If we’re there, without even a pen and a paper (to doodle). If we’re just there, without anything to do, except to move forward as a team, that’s what’ll happen.



5 responses to “The One thing to avoid in meetings”

  1. Angela says:

    it is true meetings are always very important and we should always be very attentive no matter what and always be in the moment.

  2. Caroline says:

    I completely agree. The less you concentrate and let your mind drift then the less you will probably contribute and the longer it will likely go on. Technology is a great tool but it can also be an unnecessary distraction.

  3. Without distraction we take better decisions, discuss all agendas, find out new and important areas overlooked before. And reach to a conclusion faster.
    Just a thing to mention here, it is better to keep a note of meeting agendas are necessary, after discussion, note the decision and the name of responsible person in brief. If you are HR manager, try to put a probable date of completion of the task in this note.

    • Thanks. I just listened to a podcast about meetings. And I learned something interesting. Focus on MAP in every meeting. That’s Minutes Agenda People. I’ll be implementing MAP starting today.

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