Meetings. Just the word alone can make a room cringe. The word gets a bad rap—not because meetings aren’t good a good thing—but because people don’t know how to conduct a proper one.
In a typical meeting, an idea is introduced, then another person adds on to it, which branches off into another suggestion, and then another idea emerges from a mix of murmurs in the corner…
A mushroom cloud—that’s the best way to describe what is created when it’s all over. And after everyone gets a chance to bounce their ideas off the walls, everyone leaves feeling good that the problems have been addressed. (Note that I said addressed… not solved.)
This is what I like to call a Meeting High: the feeling of euphoria after having a meeting that dismisses with everyone on the same “hoorah” page.
But days later, the high starts to wear off and ideas are forgotten. All those great concepts become a distant memory because a very important step in most meetings is lacking—a call to action.
Which ideas are staying? Who’s in charge of implementing them? When’s the deadline to see progress on each of the ideas?
Without delegating the next steps to ideas, they’ll never come into fruition. Luckily, we have people on our team who take initiative and get the ball rolling on their own; but not every organization is fortunate enough to have that.
Don’t waste another meeting on empty talk. Be ready to take the next steps to put that talk into action.