Meetings… there were already so many dreaded meetings. And now most of us are still doing meetings online with glitchy internet looking at little screens scrambling for a background that hides the messy dishes. (Just noticing do all my notes include dirty dishes… yes there are a lot of dirty dishes in my life!)
Guess what – I am one of those weird people who likes meetings!
I know, I know… it’s true. I built a whole business around being in meetings (small and even very large). And often it is with people I don’t know well. People who are trying to make a plan for the future of their work together.
And I love it!
Can I tell you why I love it?
(The secret can also help you enjoy a few more meetings.)
I love meetings because I get to learn more about other people and connect to their stories while moving forward critical, purpose-driven work.
These are my favorite things – being with people and moving a plan forward!
Good meetings do these two things almost always…
- Connect people – relationships are built, and people come away understanding other people’s stories and perspectives more than before.
- Move forward purpose-driven action – decisions are made, ideas are discussed, and people come away with meaningful tasks that move the whole group toward their purpose.
Double-check the meetings you are a part of.
Do your meetings connect people and move forward action items?
Or do you have meetings that are:
- just a download of someone’s agenda or priorities.
- all about those next steps and action without any opportunity to build teamwork & relationship.
- meandering and unclear.
Think through these two questions when planning the next meeting:
Is there 10-15 minutes for human connection?
Is there space to discuss, make decisions, and clearly set up next steps?
Want more on how to support your teams and move them toward action and connection? Let’s talk!