4 mins
Posted on
August 3, 2023

πŸŽ‰ Meetings: A True Love-Hate Relationship, participant paradox, and 3 tips on how not to waste everybody's time πŸŽ‰

Ever wondered why the person that runs a meeting might walk out of the conference room with a triumphant smile, while the participants follow with a collective sigh? πŸ€” Well, there's a very simple explanation, and here's why:


🌟 The Meeting Maestro Perspective:

80 % of people who run meetings feel a sense of accomplishment as they guide the agenda, see ideas come to life, and believe they're driving everyone closer to a common goal. They are the captains steering the ship, and every decision feels valuable and productive.


πŸ‘₯ The Participant Paradox:

On the flip side, more than 60% of participants find meetings to be time-consuming, frustrating, and even downright boring. Without a voice in the discussion, no collaboration, engagement wanes, and the perceived value diminishes.


So how can we bridge this gap? Here are three actionable tips for meeting leaders to ensure everyone leaves the room with that triumphant smile:

  1. Empower Every Voice: Encourage participants to speak up and share their thoughts. Make space for them to be part of the decision-making process.
  2. Stick to the Agenda: Plan and distribute an agenda ahead of time, ask for feedback before the meeting. Stay focused and on-topic to keep the meeting efficient and respectful of everyone's time.
  3. Follow Up with Action Items: After the meeting, share clear action items and deadlines. Transparency will lead to shared accountability and a sense of purpose.


Remember, meetings are like orchestrating a symphony 🎻 - it's all about balance and harmony. Let's make the meeting room a place of collaboration and value for all.


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