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|What makes up
proper business meeting etiquette? How do you have
a meeting everyone can leave feeling good about? Meetings have
become an inevitable part of doing business for almost every
business owner. There are meetings with clients, meetings with
employees and meetings with peers or associates.
Almost everyone has suffered through meetings that take up your
valuable time and accomplish very little.
In fact, you may find that you yourself have now become numb to
that fact that your meetings aren’t as good as they could be.
And everywhere you look, it seems as if somebody has another
idea about how to fix your meetings, and make them more focused,
more productive, and – dare I say it? More fun!
So what can you do about it? Simple business meeting etiquette
can help you put on a quality meeting. Here are a few tips and
ideas for meeting planning –
1. Schedule your meetings at the best times -
2. Make sure your meetings all start on time - (and whenever
possible, avoid scheduling meetings when someone is up against a
deadline, or on a tight schedule).
3. Maintain a consistent focus on what topics will be covered –
(use an agenda).
4. Ensure there is a good level of rapport in the group –
(people can talk to each other and exchange ideas about what is
5. Arrive at a decision - (find new ways to avoid covering the
same ground, and ask for input to help create a plan of action.)
6. Use parliamentary procedures - (so that the correct methods
for amending or making a motion, following the agenda and taking
turns before speaking are being followed).
7. Choose the best location and environment for your meetings -
(for example, trying to fit 15 people into a closet-sized room
that doesn’t have windows or a proper ventilation system is poor
planning on your part.)
8. Do not schedule meetings to go over routine topics - (you can
send a memo or email for this.)
9. Talk to your group and make your meetings interactive -
10. Alwaysr ask for feedback from participants and allow them to
present ideas or get involved.
These ten simple business meeting etiquette tips that
guarantee a better meeting for everyone. Follow these and you
will see results on what you covered as well as a better
attendance at future meetings.
About the author:
Jeff Schuman's small business resource website has the
everthing to help you run your own small business.