5 Strategies to Leading an Effective Team Meeting

Photo Credit - Alexander Kaiser

Photo Credit – Alexander Kaiser

For you to lead your organization forward. You need to be able to lead a great team meeting. Have you ever sat through a dreadful meeting? Have you ever been in a company where people groan when a meeting is called? Is that your company today?
The result of these poorly run meetings is that people have a negative perception of meetings in general.  Maybe you feel it too.  However, for you to effectively lead a team you have to overcome this.  It is impossible for a team to work effectively unless they collaborate.  Just like a football team huddles to get on the same page before the play.  Your team needs to meet together to be able to take unified action.

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything – John Kenneth Galbraith

There are many times in our companies where we need to meet together to share ideas, share vision, or develop a strategy to overcome a challenge. How do you feel when you know it’s time to lead one of those meetings?  Do you feel confident that you can lead the meeting well?  It is possible to learn to effectively lead team meetings.

Meetings get a bad rap, and deservedly so – most are disorganized and distracted. But they can be a critical tool for getting your team on the same page. – Justin Rosenstein

Here are 5 Strategies for leading an effective meeting.

  • Clearly right down the objective of the meeting and communicate it to the members in advance.
  • Make sure the meeting starts on time.
  • If someone gets off track, affirm and redirect.
  • Clearly articulate the actions to be taken as a result of the meeting.
  • Send a follow-up email to all the members with the decisions reached and the actions steps clearly documented.

It’s not rocket science but with a little bit of focus you can lead a great meeting. The number one mistake most people make in leading meetings is not having a clear focus and not staying on time. When meetings drag too long team members get distracted. I believe an hour and a half should be the limit for most meetings and if you can make it shorter do so.
Changing habits takes practice and intentional effort.  Therefore start with one or two of these strategies, implement them in your business, then add the others.

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What tips do you have for running an effective meeting?

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