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More Ideas on Meeting Agendas

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 6th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

"Think of the agenda as a device to focus your meeting. A meeting with no agenda will have no focus and the results will be fuzzy. Too many side issues slip into consideration and, finally, like the famous Caucus Race witnessed by Alice in her Wonderland dream, all the attendees end up chasing each other around in circles." Clyde Burleson in Effective Meetings: The Complete Guide, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1990. In our last blog post we discussed meeting agendas and how important they are to the effective management of a meeting. Here are few extra ideas and bits of information that we found interesting and wanted to share with you! Here's an idea In your agenda, consider providing a SWEET objective for each topic under discussion - i.e: -Sensible - challenging, realistic, achievable -Written - providing a clear record of intent -Easy-to-understand - jargon-free, clear, precise -Easy-to-measure - [...]

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Creating an Effective Meeting Agenda

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 4th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

Call it a meeting plan or call it a simple list - but call it essential, because an agenda is the backbone of any successful meeting. The more care you take with its preparation, the more productive the meeting will be. So, if you want to gain a reputation as someone who conducts productive meetings, take the time to compile a workable agenda beforehand. Here's how... 1. Be aware of the need for an agenda. An agenda is a written promise from the leader of a meeting to those attending. It is a commitment that, in the time allocated to the meeting, discussion will focus on the items listed. As well, the agenda is valuable because it provides the meeting with direction, purpose, confidence, and control. A meeting without an agenda is a meeting without an end. 2. Decide on the degree of formality required. Some meetings are so small [...]

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Ideas on Meeting Management

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 2nd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops|

"Conducting a meeting without a plan is much like trying to build a house without blueprints. It can be done, of course, but the end result is likely to be less than desirable and the process can be expensive and nerve-wracking." Jack Parker, The Collier Quick and Easy Guide for Running a Meeting, Collier Books, NY, 1963. Here's an idea Never introduce an idea, strategy, plan, or concept for the first time in a meeting. Chances are, your staff will spend the whole meeting trying to grasp the concept - and that’s not what a meeting is for. Give them detailed handouts, and other reading material well before the event, so that they have an idea of what’s to be discussed. Then, make better use of the meeting time to expand, clarify, and improve the concept. Here's an idea If you’re planning to hold a meeting, particularly one where the [...]

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Preparing for a Meeting

By |2019-09-27T13:06:01+10:00August 30th, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops, Workshops|

It was Hendrik van Loon who once said that a meeting would be successful only if it had three participants - one of whom is away sick and another who is absent. Organisational life is never so generous to managers, however. Meetings have become an unavoidable aspect of a manager's job. Fortunately, unnecessary meetings can be eliminated; others can be made more effective. Important ingredients are planning and preparation, as the following points reveal... 1. Make sure you've called the meeting for a reason. Meetings should never become rituals. They cost time and money, so it's important to call a meeting only when one is warranted - to solve a problem, to coordinate activities, to disseminate and discuss urgent information, to reach a consensus or decision, to build morale, or to reconcile conflicts. So don't ask people to attend a listening-session if you can send a memo or newsletter instead. [...]

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