By On Aug 13, 2019 Free Templates
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.
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.
Everyone should be taking notes during the meeting (or at least recording pertinent information that applies to him/her). If there is a dedicated notetaker or secretary in charge of the minutes, this person should be taking detailed notes of everything discussed during the meeting. These notes will serve as a reference in case any questions arise after the meeting. Dont forget that there are many different types of meeting structures. Some startups and companies employ a daily stand-up meeting (also known as a daily scrum) where the whole team meets every day for a quick status update. These meetings require standing up to ensure that the meeting is short. Remember, this document is flexible and can adapt to your needs. You are not bound to the templates current structure. Continue to tweak and optimize your meeting structures and agenda template until you find the right fit by rearranging or adding elements. Whatever your use case, just make sure its organized, easy-to-follow, and keeps you on track!
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