Christy Runningen has a few thoughts about corporate productivity and meetings. She shared this email with this us and gave us permission to run it as a blog post.
Have you ever been part of a really bad meeting? Like, one where you walked out of it at the end and thought…”Wait, what am I supposed to do now?” Chances are that in that meeting, many things were discussed, opinions were shared, and suggestions were made. However, chances are also good that no one took the reins to ensure that:
- the meeting’s intended outcome was clear when the meeting was scheduled
- everyone was clear on their role in the meeting
- the discussion stayed on track and action items were communicated clearly
Remember, you don’t have to be the meeting organizer to be the one who makes your meeting a good one (although meeting organizers really should!) You can be the one to make your meeting worthwhile. It only takes one person with a results-focused mindset to take the lead and drive the group to the right result. Your time is too valuable not to!
One thing we haven’t covered? Often the best meeting choice you can make is not to go at all. If the meeting doesn’t make sense for you, why show up? And if someone asks where you were, ask them what was accomplished.
Chances are: not much. Because if meetings were productive, you’d want to be there. Deciding to skip a meeting may be the best message you can send that getting work done is what matters most.