10 ways to create attentive meetings

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Ever sat in a meeting checking your email?Ever attended a meeting and wondered why you were there?Ever been frustrated by a badly run board meeting at your Credit Union?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone!When did it become OK to be rude in meetings or to be on our devices rather than pay attention? If you want to engage your team members, board members or participants in your next meeting here are ten strategies to help people pay attention and get faster results from your meetings.Publish the purpose of the meeting – in your meeting invitation explain the purpose in one sentence. Let everyone know what you will do and keep it action-oriented i.e. brainstorm, decide, determine next steps, finalize the project, debrief event. Be specific.Stop being rude – email is not more important than the meeting. Give participants a reason to pay attention and lead by example.Shorten meetings – instantly halve your meetings and see what happens. Stop wasting people’s time. If you host 60-minute meetings try 30 minutes, if you host 30 minutes try 15 minutes. People will thank you when you give them time back.Consider device free meetings – if you are brainstorming new ideas or handing a tough conversation ask people to put away devices to pay attention for short periods of time.Control side bar conversations, disruptive attendees and tangent conversations with his simple (and assertive) line ‘For the sake of time, let’s move on’ – keep the conversation moving.Cancel meetings – if you don’t have the decision maker or the information required to make a decision, cancel the meeting. If you don’t need to ask others to invest their minutes with you, give them back. People will appreciate you.Decline meetings – if you are unsure the purpose of the meeting or how you will add value to the meeting, say No. Yep, that’s right. No is a complete sentence. Decline the meeting. Be brave.Summarize actions before the meeting end – allocate owners and timeframes to actions and ask people to report back between meetings on progress. A meeting with no agreed outcomes is a waste of time.Listen with your eyes – show people you are listening to them by being involved in the conversation, asking relevant questions and probing for more answers. Use your body language to actively participate and pay attention.Read Death by Meetings – this brilliant book is one of the best I have ever read on this topic. It defines four styles of meetings and when to host them. Check it out.In a time of massive change, technology changing he pace we work and many Credit Unions wanting to get more out of less resources, one of the best things you can do is eliminate unnecessary meetings and run more efficient meetings. If someone gives you the gift of their attention in your meeting, honor them and make it worthwhile.last_img read more

Wenger: Gunners have to ‘switch on’

first_img The Gunners resume domestic duties at the top of the table from Liverpool on goals scored and tackle a team which by contrast has lost four of their opening seven league matches to sit in the bottom three. Nevertheless, Wenger warned against any complacency. “At the top level, one of the keys is to switch on and off when it is right,” the Arsenal manager said. “The quality which is needed after a long break is to switch on again in a very quick, fast and efficient way. That is what is at stake and I am confident we will do that. “We have learned something in the last 18 months, that the Premier League has changed, that every single game is a potential danger for any team in the league and the recent results in the Premier League have confirmed that. “Every team who are favourites today are on their toes because they know every game is a potential danger.” Wenger continued: “Norwich are much more dangerous (than last season) because they have (Johan) Elmander, (Ricky) van Wolfswinkel and technically they are very good in midfield. “It is always a potentially dangerous game to play Norwich because they are a team with a good dynamic and are not scared to play. They showed that against Chelsea in the last game.” Despite Wenger’s warnings, it would be a surprise if his team did not record a sixth league victory on Saturday, when star man Mesut Ozil is expected to recover from a minor knee problem but could start on the bench, with next week’s Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund on the horizon. Wenger certainly has plenty of options, with midfielder Santi Cazorla set to involved for the first time since the win over Tottenham on September 1 following his recovery from an ankle problem. “You want all of your best players to play together in a very positive way, which is what will happen,” he said. “I am very happy with the team who have played until now, so we do not expect anything special (from the players coming back). “What is important is that instead of focusing on one or two players, we focus on developing ourselves as a team and our team play, where there is still room for improvement. There is still the desire within the team to improve that.” Arsenal had most of their first-team squad away on international duty, with full-back Kieran Gibbs called up into the senior England squad alongside Jack Wilshere as injury cover. Wenger sees no reason why the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both currently injured, and even defender Carl Jenkinson should also not harbour aspirations of making the final squad for Brazil. Wilshere found himself in the headlines again last week for his comments of the future direction of the national team. Wenger believes the 21-year-old combative midfielder will continue to grow on the pitch this season despite all of the added media attention. “Jack is a fighter, he is very strong and has his feet on the ground,” the Arsenal boss added. “He has a very objective assessment of his performances after games and I don’t think (he) will be carried away or put down by the media.” Wenger, who turns 64 on Tuesday, is in the final season of his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and it was reported earlier this week that he had agreed terms on a new deal which would keep him at the club until 2016. Arsenal’s board have always expressed their desire for Wenger – who is now the longest-serving manager in the English top-flight – to remain. Wenger did not rebuke reports that provisional terms had already been put to him for an extension, but insisted his own future was not high on the agenda. “Yes, I didn’t deny (that a contract had been offered). I just said what I said at the start of the season and nothing has changed,” he said. “I believe that when you are manager at the club, you have to prepare for the long term always and act like you would stay forever. “I believe that what is important is the next game.” Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to “switch on” quickly when they resume Barclays Premier League action against struggling Norwich at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more