By Ashoke Menon, Founder of Ignite for Schools
There are many purposes for any meeting. These may include one or any combination of the goals listed below.
- Feedback needed to make decisions
- Planning meetings (to plan other meetings)
- Brainstorming for solutions for any challenges facing the organization/team
- Celebration of successful implementation; of progress; etc.
- So, what is the objective for your next meeting?
Meetings can also be a large use of time and resources. Decide what needs to be accomplished during the meeting when people are gathered in person.
Here are 14 questions to ask yourself to get started:
1. What is the best use of this time?
2. What would the people attending this meeting benefit from the most; what would you benefit the most from?
3. What is the emotional state of your audience coming into your meeting? How can you acknowledge it?
4. What and who can you acknowledge?
5. What or who can you support?
6. What issues can you diffuse?
7. What or who can you celebrate?
8. Who can you give a shout outs to?
9. What are some successes and little 'wins' that have recently happened?
10. What is the processing time?
11. How are we sharing best practices?
12. What can we do for emotional support?
13. How can we work to build relationships?
14. Can any and all other information and feedback needed by leadership ----be done in another manner using technology and in smaller groups in a more creative way?
What other questions can you think of? Comment below. The more the better!
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