Prepare, Prepare, andPrepare Some More

A few minutes thinking about the meeting in advance may eliminate problems during the meeting, and result in a successful meeting. Here are some tips:

•  How will you make decisions? If the agenda includes a decision on a key aspect of the project, how will you make the decision—consensus, majority vote, or another way?

•  Review Your Ground Rules. If you have ground rules, will it help to review the ones that pertain to an issue that may come up at the meeting? For example, if you expect some contention over a particular issue on the agenda, it might help to review the ground rules on resolving conflicts.

•  Check Attendance. A few days before the meeting, check the responses to see who is attending. If ...

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