(1) Meetings need to start and end on time,
regardless if everyone is present. If you wait to begin a meeting until that
one last person arrives, you’re telling the others who made it on time that
their time isn’t quite as important as the one you are waiting on.
(2) Only have a meeting if there are definite
items that need to be addressed or tasks to be accomplished. Attending meetings
just because they are on the calendar discourages the people involved.
(3) Setting a timer is a great way to keep one
topic from monopolizing a meeting. You’ve got that person who likes to talk
every topic to death. Limit discussion with a timer, and if it doesn’t get
resolved by the buzzer, then hand it off to a sub-committee, come back to it
next time, or figure out a new way to approach it.
(4) At the end of the meeting, you should be
able to identify what was accomplished, rather than what was reviewed. Too many
church meetings review what everyone already knows.
(5) Everyone should leave knowing their action
points and what their deadline is. This provides everyone with a point of
(6) Be organized. You should go into a meeting
knowing the points you’ll be covering and having gathered any information that
will be beneficial for making decisions. Do the legwork and be prepared!
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