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June 2, 2011

Don’t Let Meetings Run Your Day!

Meetings can quickly fill up your schedule and eat up time needed to work on critical tasks. Your priorities come first and meetings have value when they support those priorities. However, some meetings you must attend and hold, even if they have no direct bearing on your most important tasks and goals. How to make sure meetings don’t run your day? Pre-qualify before you agree to attend. 

  • Find out the desired outcome for the meeting
  • Ask the meeting planner what contribution you are expected to make
  • Request an agenda and attend only the part of the meeting where your presence is needed
  • Delegate attendance to a staff member
  • Give only a few people permission to schedule meetings for you

Take charge of meetings and free your schedule to be positively productive. Check out the link below for a meeting planner worksheet.

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