The "Before, During, and After" of Leading an Effective Meeting Part 1: During
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, April 09 2006 19:00|
NOTE: This is a 3 part series on hosting effective meetings. Obviously, these principles will work anywhere, but I'm putting these ideas out there to help you host energizing men's ministry leadership team meetings.
Meetings, meetings, meetings. A lot of us feel like our lives are withering away at meetings. That's because a lot of meetings are not crisp, well-organized, and purposeful. A lot of meetings ramble on because attendees have different ideas about what should happen at the meeting. Here are three questions to ask that can increase the likelihood of conducting an effective meeting:
1. What is the purpose of this meeting? See if you can come to a consensus about why you are having the meeting. This is not so much what you want to discuss, but the reason-either an opportunity to explore or a problem you are trying to solve.
2. What needs to happen at this meeting for you to consider the meeting a success? If you called the meeting, spend a minute (no more than two) outlining what you think needs to happen at the meeting for you to consider it a success. If you are meeting with a client or vendor, ask them, "What needs to happen at this meeting for you to consider it a success?" Jot down the answers, and sneak a peek a few times during the meeting.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason...