Once a team gets over a certain size, is spread over various locations (and timezones) conference calls become a necessary evil. They are a way of getting decisions made and actions allocated without physical presence.
But, how do you make them work for 100% of the participants?
I felt this very keenly at my last [...]
Getting people to turn up to meetings on time can be intensely frustrating.
With a little preparation you can make a big difference to all your meetings.
My top tips are as follows:
1. Circulate a clear agenda
As covered in my article, 15 steps to a great agenda, a great meeting starts with a [...]
Being quorate (or having a quorum) is an important concept for meetings, especially for formal ones such as school governing bodies.
What does quorate mean?
First, what does quorate mean? A quorum is the minimum number of people present for the meeting to have formal significance.
For example, a typical school governing body must have [...]
Meeting overrun, running out of time, meeting finishing late, running over time, however you name it is a symptom of many meetings today. What steps can we take to ensure this problem never happens?
I can think of at least five ways you can avoid meeting overrun when you are chairing a meeting. Here they [...]
Though personal meetings tend to be more popular, a virtual meeting can be a solution to busy schedules or long distance travel arrangements. This is why businesses are choosing to hold meetings virtually more and more.
However, the idea of having a ‘virtual meeting’ can be quite daunting, especially for those of us who aren’t [...]
Have you heard of the man who went to a meeting and forgot to wear dark socks with his suit and coloured in his ankles with a black felt-tip marker? If this sounds like something you might do, do not panic- follow our guidelines on how to dress for a meeting.
If you are unsure [...]
It may sound silly but working out who is the chair of a meeting is not as straightforward as you think.
In these informal times we rarely spell out that a particular person is or isn’t the meeting chair. But, by applying these 5 questions to everyone in your meeting, you should be able work [...]
Why do we have meetings ? What is the meeting purpose? In this article I look at the role a meeting should play and how to tell a healthy one from an unhealthy one.
Meeting together is nothing new, since very early times humans have gathered together to plan and review their joint activities. [...]
Being asked to chair your first meeting can be a daunting prospect. My simple guide below outlines the key aspects you need to be aware of.
1. Understand the meeting objectives
If you’re the chair of the meeting then you are the one setting the objectives for that meeting.
You need to:
Understand what the [...]