What’s worse than having to attend a bunch of meetings? Having to attend a bunch of bad meetings. I’ve attended a ton of meetings – some of them were super productive, but many of them were a giant waste of time. The fact is that nobody has time to waste and given that time is such a precious commodity, there is tremendous pressure to make each gathering meaningful.
You can always resort to bribing meeting attendees with food (see Philadephia Cream Cheese Commercial) or other inducements to get them racing through the door, but once they are there, they need a solid reason to stay. Food only takes so long to eat and doesn’t work effectively for remote teams and conference calls. So here are five important tips to ensure you lead an awesomely productive meeting every time you gather the troops.