Most business people drown in meetings. Between the back-to-back scheduling and double booking, it’s a wonder there’s any time to work. Of course, the problem isn’t meetings, it’s ineffective meetings, so stop counting the minutes and start charting your productivity — call (an effective) meeting.
The key to an effective meeting is having an objective that results in an outcome (and scheduling another meeting doesn’t count as an outcome). Chief Happiness Officer Alexander Kjerulf posted five qualities of good meetings and it’s hard to argue with his list.
Kjerulf says good meetings are:
- Positive and fun
Okay, so maybe we agree on what an effective meeting is, but that’s not the same as leading one. So how to get from here to there? Again, we turn to the happy Dane, Kjerulf, for insight. Here are five tips he offers for better meetings. He calls them “weird,” but how can you know until you try?
- Open the meeting with a positive round
- Interrupt the meeting regularly
- Lose the table
- Get the body in there
- Use strategically placed silence
Check out the summary of Kjerulf’s meeting tips at Lifehack or go straight to the source for the full, detailed post with the five tips and a much more at Chief Happiness Officer.