Cultural norms for conducting meetings vary among industries and organizations, but a solid meeting process is vital for excellent meeting performance. Unfortunately, few organizations have such a process. Imagine a major highway with no lines on the road and no posted signs on the shoulder. Now imagine a daily commute on this road with tens of thousands of other drivers who were never taught how to drive. How effectively would the traffic flow? How is this any different from the meeting process in most organizations? Inadequate process from under-equipped leaders is a major contributor to ineffective meetings.
In our experience, the meeting process is generally left to the discretion of the individual meeting leader, rather than following a proven organizational process. Yet most business professionals have never received formal training about how to plan and run effective meetings. In a recent survey of our users, fewer than ten percent have ever received training on how to conduct effective business meetings. A recent Microsoft survey reports that there are 11 million meetings in the US each day. That is 3 Billion meetings per year. Imagine the enormous amount of time invested in these meetings each day, yet fewer than 10 percent of professionals ever receive training about how to conduct effective business meetings. This would not be tolerated in any other area of your business. Don’t tolerate it in your meetings either. It is a waste of precious human capital and it has a big impact on overall company productivity and results.
On January 12, 2018 the National is hosting an exclusive professional development opportunity titled “Powerfully Simple Meetings”. Facilitated by the authors of Powerfully Simple Meetings – Your Guide to Fewer Faster More Focused Business Meetings, this half-day workshop equips you with the resources and skills needed to lead the most effective meetings imaginable. Whether you host your meetings at The National or in your own offices, this workshop will help you and your organization make the most productive use of your precious time.