Chapter 10

How to be assertive in meetings

‘I don’t do meetings.’

Karl Lagerfield

How do you approach meetings? Do you take over? Or do you tend to stay silent even though there are things that you want to say?

Meetings can play a useful role in getting people together to make something happen. Too often, though, meetings drag on and no clear decisions are made.

Although the responsibility for organising and running a meeting lies mostly with the person conducting it, you do still have a role to play; you can make sure that something worthwhile has been achieved.

Manage your expectations and make a contribution

Ricardo is a part-time teacher at a local college. He dislikes attending the monthly tutor meetings – they are long-winded ...

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