25Jan Want To Maximise Your Meetings? Think PITTER PATTER!
Of course, meetings can be a very useful tool for effective communication, increasing engagement and problem solving. they can also be a great source of irritation, frustration and time wasting! In fact, the research suggests that typically UK workers feel that 50% of meetings they attend are a ‘waste of time’!
We’ve developed a very simple toolkit to help you take a bit of ‘time out’ to think about your meetings and how you maximise them.
We’re not saying have lots of them, and we’re not saying ‘don’t have any’ – we’re saying make the most of them when you do have them!
The toolkit introduces the concept of PITTER PATTER.. How do your meetings measure up?
Avoid the PITTER:
Pointless – there’s no real purpose and no – one knows why they they are there!
Ill Prepared – people haven’t read the briefing
Time Consuming – they go on longer than they should!
Territorial – people spend all the time ‘defending themselves’
Ego’s – It’s all about ‘me’ – whether that’s the person who organised it, or the person with the loudest voice!
Refusing to say anything that we’re wasting time!
Purpose – Ensure your meeting has clear objectives that everyone understands
Attendees – Get the right people there (and leave the ‘wrong’ ones out!)
Topics – Establish some sort of agenda so the key issues get dealt with!
Timings – Define the times for each topic – and start and finish times – stick to them!
Expectations – Ensure people know what’s expected of them in terms of preparation, contribution and follow up
Results – Check the meeting delivered what it set out to do!
You can download a FREE simple checklist that outlines the key ingredients of PITTER PATTER
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