Meetings are a necessary evil in everyone’s working life. Handled well, they can help those gathered get to the bottom of a tricky situation, agree actions and do something positive. Handled badly, they can be a terrific waste of time. Basically, you want to get in and out as soon as possible with the relevant decisions made so that you can get on with the rest of your day.
This chapter offers advice for anyone who has to plan and chair a meeting. Special arrangements need to be followed for large meetings such as board meetings or annual general meetings, so in this chapter we focus only on the type of meeting held most commonly in an everyday work situation.
Step one: Decide if you really need a meeting
In some cases, meetings ...