By On Sep 01, 2019 Free Templates
Deciding how to run each business meeting you hold or leaving it up to department heads to manage each meeting can lead to disorganization and a waste of time. Create a template anyone can use to organize a meeting agenda, your business will operate more efficiently and you will get more done at meetings. A helpful first step in creating a meeting agenda template is to determine what type of meeting format you want to use. If its for simple, weekly department meetings, you might limit the structure to designating the order of the presenters. If its a more formal meeting of investors or the executive team, you might use a structured format that includes an official start to the meeting, includes some pre-discussion housekeeping, orders the presentation of information and then includes a wrap-up procedure.
Start your agenda template with a heading that leaves space for the date, location and time of the meeting, as well as a line for the purpose of the meeting if you are creating a template you will use for different types of meetings. If the template is for only one type of meeting, such as a monthly meeting of department heads or quarterly meeting of executive management, put the meeting name at the top. Next, list the main meeting agenda categories. Consider headings such as Call to Order, Purpose of Meeting, Presentations and Meeting Close. Designate who will present each section.
According to a study conducted by Verizon Business, meetings are the #1 time waster in the workplace. They are often unorganized, have no purpose and go off-topic. Its also no mistake that most of these meetings are missing a clear meeting agenda. Meeting objectives give adults a reason to meet. If there is no clear objective, there is no point in the meeting. This objective should outline exactly why you are holding a meeting and what you hope to accomplish as a result. Follow a process, whether its sent through email or printed and distributed, make sure everyone on your team knows what to expect. Sending it in advanced ensures that attendees have ample time to prepare or read through any notes they will need before the meeting and raises flags if the objective does not match their expectations.
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