During my three-plus years on campus, I’ve been fortunate to serve on a number of different exec boards. Thus, I’ve been in too many meetings to count. In my experience, the vast majority of meetings are pointless. When they do happen to be important, there often isn’t enough initiative provided by whoever is leading the meeting. That happens: we all have our moments where meetings don’t go quite as planned, and where insufficient prep has been put into understanding the “why” of meeting.
In this Lifehacker.com piece by Anthony K. Tjan, entitled “Have the Courage to Be Direct,” Tjan writes “When you have an ask, it is best for all parties that it be clear and transparent. It is much better just to say: ‘I would love to see if you might be interested in investing in our concept, but even if you’re not, I really want your feedback.’ The takeaway: when you have an ask, just ask.” Tjan’s piece is one of those self-help articles that provides advice with actual substance.
If you care about productivity and effectiveness as a leader, you need to know what you want out of meetings. One of the most important techniques I’ve learned from the Students’ Union advocacy team is that something as simple as an agenda is paramount to the effectiveness of a meeting. If you know what you want, then you must tailor the meeting agenda to your goals, so that the agenda serves as a powerful political tool.
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