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Communicate Like a Leader by Dianna Booher

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CHAPTER 34

Make Little Meeting Matters a Big Deal

Effective meetings don’t happen by accident; they happen by design.

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As with race cars, what’s “under the hood” drives a meeting’s overall success. Don’t be misled by the phrase “meeting details,” as in “Someone will get back to you with the meeting details.”

A key reason for so many nonproductive meetings is meeting leaders’ failure to understand the strategy behind the “details.” As a result, those same leaders turn the decisions about the “details” over to their administrative support staff. Big mistake!

Support staff can coordinate the meeting and implement the “details,” of course. But you as meeting leader need to make the strategic decisions that often determine what happens in ...

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