30 Minutes Before a Meeting (30 Minutes Series) by Alan Barker

By Alan Barker

A part of a chain of pocket publications that target to permit the reader to grasp a brand new ability in exactly half-hour, this article presents convenient tricks on constructing and getting ready for a gathering.

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What difficult situations do you foresee? How will you close the meeting? 41 41 30 Minutes Before a Meeting It is in meetings that our leadership skills are most publicly displayed. The effective Chair: Keeps the group focused on its task Finds opportunities to use the talents of every individual Develops a climate in which people can think and work as a team. A group of people contains a certain amount of potential energy. People will use as much energy as necessary to survive in the group. Whatever is left, they will devote to the task.

We often plan by starting from where we are and planning forwards. Opportunities can become more imaginative and exciting when we place ourselves in a future where we have achieved our objective and ‘plan backwards’. 49 30 Minutes Before a Meeting Questions in this conversation should include: Where can we act? What interpretations can we build on? How do we judge when we have achieved our objective? What would we need to do to achieve this? Who else would be involved? What does the future look like?

Ask questions. Take notes. But no doodling, shuffling, fiddling or looking about. 3. Don’t interrupt: Allow pauses to happen. Try not to finish sentences for the speaker. Stop others interrupting. 52 52 How Will You Chair? 4. Put yourself in the speaker’s shoes: Imagine yourself in their position, doing their work, facing their difficulties. Imagine how they might regard you or the rest of the group. 5. Listen to your intuition: About the speaker’s body language, tone of voice, eye contact. Test your intuition with questions, prefaced perhaps with an honest disclaimer: ‘My intuition is telling me.

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