"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
There are many ways to prepare for a meeting, and this doesn't have to be a complicated or lengthy process, but if you run a meeting without some basic work up front, it is likely that it will not go well.
I like to think of the pre-meeting (that is, what happens before the meeting) in two separate terms: planning and preparation.
Before scheduling a meeting, define the following:
If you can answer ...