Every meeting starts with a purpose and ends with an action point. At least in theory. They might be as simple as, Update, and Next Meeting – but those kind of meetings can be pretty, erm, dull – and we’ve all been in meetings where there doesn’t seem to be any purpose other than to consume air, and no next steps other than fuelling up for next time.
Good meetings then, the kind that drive things forward and make decisions for action, start with a purpose and end in action. Assuming you know why you’re meeting, the mandatory last slide in the deck should ask two questions: Next Steps?, and Who needs to know?
Next steps forces you to turn all the chatter into things to do and people to do them, The knowing question means an inclusive communications loop.
Skippy strategy: End every meeting with actions and communications plans.
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