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FWCI President: 8 Ways to Make Meetings a Great Use of Time

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by FrankCrum on March 31, 2017

meetings.jpgFrank Winston Crum President, Matt Crum, shares his thoughts with The Business Journals on eight ways to make meetings a great use of time. 

Below is an excerpt of the article:

When people ask me what I do, I often say that I am a “professional meet-er.”

Some days I spend the entire work day moving from one meeting to the next.

Nothing is more frustrating than attending meetings with participants who are uninformed or ill-prepared. But when done right, meetings can be the best way to conduct business. They allow you to get more accomplished in a 15 to 30-minute window of time than the popular alternative these days — emailing back and forth.

How well your company’s meetings are run and the value they generate can be a big differentiator for your business, as well as for your people.

Here are some suggestions on how to make meetings more effective and productive:

1. Identify the purpose of the meeting and the expected outcome

Is it an information-sharing meeting, a brainstorming meeting or a decision-making forum? Having a clear purpose for meetings is the best way to ensure they are productive. Before going into a meeting, imagine what an ideal outcome will look like: Will people be more informed, will ideas be captured, will a decision be made that can lead to next steps? Communicate a clear (and narrow) focus on what you want to accomplish, how you can do that and what the role of the participants will be in advance. This is more than just an agenda.

Read the whole article here: 8 Ways to Make Meetings a Great Use of Time 

 

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FrankCrum is a professional employer organization (PEO), founded in 1981 dedicated to helping business owners boost HR capabilities and broaden convenient services and benefits to employees. The origin of FrankCrum dates back to 1981, when Frank W. Crum, Jr. and his father, Frank Crum, Sr., founded the Great American Temporary Service. With a passion for helping small business owners succeed, the company has evolved and grown over several decades.