Meetings that work, and those that don’t

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Meetings that don’t work:

• Present information to a passive audience;

• Do not have clear purposes or have low-level purposes;

• Do not involve participants In planning and facilitating the meeting;

•  Focus on personal opinion rather than data and professional literature;

• Are dominated by a few, often outspoken, individuals; and

• Do not have learning or meaningful decision-making as a significant part of the agenda.

Meetings that work:

• Engage participants in planning, facilitating, and assessing the impact of the meeting;

• Have clear purposes for agenda items and activities that match those purposes;

• Result in meaningful professional learning and thoughtful decision making;

• Engage participants in solving significant problems;

• Use data and professional literature to guide conversations;

• Evenly distribute participation among attendees; and

• Frequently use protocols to make certain meetings are focused and productive.

What have I missed in these lists?

2 Responses to “Meetings that work, and those that don’t”


  1. 1 Mike Phillips November 12, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Meetings that work use protocols/agenda to manage time. The meetings start and end on time showing they value people’s time and honour their professionalism.

  2. 2 Chris November 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Read ‘Death by Meeting’? Not for everyone but has some great ideas


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