July 01, 2015

If you happen to love tuna, try to contain your enthusiasm. In a can, preferably. Your officemates would rather not go home reeking of fish. For successful meetings, here are a few other impulses you’ll want to restrain: 

  • Cranking the thermostat up or down
  • Leaving your trash strewn about
  • Ignoring the next group that’s patiently waiting for the room while your meeting runs late

At Regis University, you’ll learn how to treat others with respect and compassion so your meetings won’t be insufferable. Which is good for morale. You’ll also hone your skills in leadership, communication and decision-making so your meetings will be effective. Which is great for business.

You’ll spend about 31 hours in meetings this month. Here’s how to be a leader and make them count.

Set an objective. Make sure everyone knows why you’ve called a meeting and why they were invited. Begin with a clear purpose and what you expect to accomplish.

Know when to speak. And when to listen. Guide the group so you’re all focused on the objective. Give others the floor and don’t let any one person hijack the conversation. Set an expectation for collaboration.

Be a peaceful objector. Phrase criticisms in a constructive way so you’re not shutting opinions down, but helping guide them to the right place. Offer praise (“that’s a great point”) and then redirect (“but I’m not sure it’s relevant to this conversation”).

Put your notes to good use. When your meeting is over, keep everyone on the same page. Email a recap of what was discussed, outcomes, responsibilities and next steps. Everyone will know what they’re expected to do, and they’ll appreciate your direction.

Share this guide with your coworkers and pledge to make time spent in conference rooms bearable. And then get in touch with an admissions counselor and see how Regis can help you become a more effective leader.