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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Meaningful Meetings

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing...- Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)



Make your meetings more meaningful. People can oftentimes see meetings as a bore or a burden. As a leader, you want to develop meetings that live and breathe with meaning for the attendees. Identify who needs to attend and why, and then offer them what is meaningful for their jobs or their departments. Projects should have a common cause or theme that runs through them so that the numbers people can oogle over the numbers while doing good and the visual people can the vision without losing the nuts and bolts of getting goals accomplished.


  • Share good news about upcoming events and activities. Include any accomplishments such as hitting anticipated benchmarks or special recognitions.
  • Show people how their input is valuable. Identify ways to infuse input into the process. Let people see that their input has value in getting the job done.
  • Send out messages that encourage participation. Attach the agenda to an inspiring email invite. Be sure to identify special invites for those who have not previously participated on your team.
  • Stir up interest. Let people know what to expect. Increase the level of awareness among your people so that you can increase their level of participation at the meeting.

Make every meeting more meaningful by what you put into the hands and inboxes of the people you want and need at those meetings. Try taking a stab at doing something different to get different results. Identify what works for your team and innovate further as they share new ideas.

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