There are a variety of reasons for meetings, like brainstorming, selling, negotiating, informing and strategizing. With technology, they can now take place in person, by phone, and by the web.
There is a fine balance to creating productive meetings. If not managed, meetings can eat away at your productivity and profitability. Running a meeting efficiently is a skill every business owner must master.
Many of my Excellerate Success Institute students discover quickly how meetings can become more effective regardless if they are impromptu or planned. In some cases, it’s easy as making a few simple adjustments to your approach.
The Starting Place
The easiest place to start is with meetings that occur monthly. When you set a consistent day of the month, it’s easier for your team or clients to work around the date.
When we launched the first Profitability Lab Group, we set the last Monday of each month. Each member then uses the recurring feature in their calendar to block this time.
With this process in place, the meeting is only changed by exception rather than taking time out of each meeting to find a date that works. It will also increase your assistant’s time because he or she doesn’t have to try to find a date that works. Use this same technique with your clients to also set up greater efficiencies in working together.
Start with systematizing your monthly meetings and watch how much easier it is to make your business meetings work for you.
Ready to increase your productivity and profitability?
Join us at the annual Wake Up Profitable Boot Camp for Business Owners – April 28-29, 2015 in Hawaii.