Many people believe that what you do prior to the meeting determines the potential for a successful meeting. It’s all in the planning.

And the key planning tool is the agenda—what I call the Action Agenda. One of the biggest complaints that people have about their meetings is that they “get off track.” Well, in order to get back on track, you need to have a track and the meeting track is the agenda. What people are really saying is “let’s get back on the agenda.”

Keys to an effective action agenda include:

•  Key Meeting Outcome. This is the main purpose of the meeting. If you only accomplish this one thing during your meeting, you can probably call it a successful meeting. It could be a decision that needs to be made, ...

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