5 Principles of Highly Effective Meetings

By Sam Nayman

March 20, 2013

What are meetings good for? Countless professionals ask themselves this very question everyday. The frustration around meetings is a consequence of failing to abide by some very basic principles. What follows are the principles, purposes, and practices of excellent meetings:

Principle #1: Use the meeting for those things that would benefit from bringing people together or can't be resolved without convening.

Purpose: Progress

Practice:

Principle #2: Use the meeting to provide participants with a chance to express their opinions and be heard.

Purpose: Recognition

Practices:

Principle #3: Use the meeting to build rapport and trust among the group members.

Purpose: Trust

Practices:

Principle #4: Use the meeting to learn more efficiently and effectively than each participant could on his/her own.

Purpose: Learning

Practice:

Principle #5: Use the meeting to develop actionable strategies.

Purpose: Action

Practices:

What do you think are the essential elements of an effective meeting?

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By Sam Nayman

March 20, 2013

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