How to close a meeting and 2 things to do after it
Does this sound familiar?
Day 1 : ‘Thanks guys, that was a good meeting. I feel like we got a lot of things on the table and made some progress. See you next month’.
Next time the team meets : ‘Haven’t we already had this conversation? I thought we agreed that last time. Why hasn’t anything happened?’
Many of us would love to have the first statement (unfortunately too many of our meetings don’t feel like they have been of value), so it seems like a crime when a meeting that was productive doesn’t lead to productive action.
As Paul Axtell writes in his HBR article ‘Two things to do after every meeting’, “there are a number of reasons why the productive conversations in a meeting seemingly go nowhere. Attendees are often immediately running to another meeting where their attention shifts to a new set of issues. Or people leave the meeting without clarity about what was agreed upon.”
So what can you do about it?
These seem like really obvious things to do, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean they happen!
‘To make sure productivity doesn’t slow after you walk out of the room, do two things after and in between meetings: Quickly send out clear and concise meeting notes and follow up on the commitments made.’
Click here to read the rest of the blog and see more detail on how these 2 things can help make future meetings more productive – and maybe even redundant!...