- Matthew M. Thomas
- Read Time: 6 mins
I’ve been to a lot of meetings. I’ve led a lot of meetings. Some meetings are amazing. Most aren’t. Today, we’re going to look at how to make meetings more productive and strategic – so more can be amazing.
We’ve all been in meetings where we are bored, annoyed, and feel like we’re stuck going down the rabbit trail of a rabbit trail. Just re-reading that sentence, several strong visual memories come to mind for me – how about you?
The boredom, annoyance, distraction, avoided topics, and minutiae that we often encounter in meetings grow out of how many of us structure and run meetings – and they prevent meetings from being productive. Even more importantly, they keep us from being strategic because the immediate and the detailed overwhelm the long-term and the big-picture items. Instead, we fall into the tired patterns and structures of reactivity or deferred decision-making on small-picture topics.
So how do we make our meetings more productive and strategic? There are three major areas we can address to make sure we don’t get lost in the weeds, and make our meetings amazing: good meeting planning, good meeting design, and good meeting management.