Meetings - Do you know the way meetings should work?
  v11.0 Posted at 6/06/2017 3:42 PM by Yu Chen

​​Office meetings often are ineffective, because:

  • There is a lot of discussion but no resulting "action items"
  • Time is wasted digressing to unrelated topics
  • People forget the meeting is on and do not attend
  • People turn up late with no notice

To ensure your meetings are productive and successful, you should:

  • Make Sure the AV setup is correct. Please refer to the SugarLearning item 'AV Setup for Skype for Business Meetings​​​'.   
  • Create a meeting agenda prior to the meeting. Give each attendee a copy. If the discussion strays from the topic, the agenda will help you keep it on track.
  • Send an appointment to all meeting attendees to ensure the meeting appears on their calendar.
  • If you are going to be late, contact the organizer or the person in charge of the meeting to let them know that you are running late and what time you will be arriving.
  • To improve future meetings, at the end of the meeting, do a quick debrief to see how long the meeting took, if anything was covered that didn't need to be, etc.
Meeting without agenda
Figure: Bad example - meeting with No Agenda
Figure: Good example - meeting with Agenda

Every Outlook appointment must have:

  1. A good subject, to let attendees know the purpose of the meeting, see our rule Do you realize the importance of a good email Subject?
  2. A good description of the location, including detailed information like location name and street
  3. The message itself must contain:
    1. A link to the location with instructions to print it eg. Print this map www.ssw.com.au/ssw/company/directions or a google map link
    2. The final step in the agenda being "Set a date for the next meeting"
    3. A note mentioning if the meeting is billable or not
    4. Your standard footer in message (same footer as in mail messages)
    5. A URL mentioning Tips for better meetings ​​
Hi Bill Northwind
Figure - Message example

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