Team meetings are an essential part of any franchise business, as they help everyone share best practices, cover the previous day and raise points everyone needs to know. However, something that can often happen is meeting overrun, which essentially means wasted time and money.
Why Do Meetings Always Run Over?
As the best online courses on the subject show, a major reason why meetings overrun is the need for more organisation. Just winging it and hoping for the best is not the way to go, as a lot of time can be frittered away, with essential matters sometimes not even being raised at all.
It's more common than you might think, too, leading to companies, on average, losing three days and two hours every year. The good news is with the proper prep, it can easily be prevented.
So, How Do You Avoid Meeting Overruns?
No one wants to waste time if it can be helped. You might have some administration courses that you need to get finished early, or your team wants to get on with the delivery that's just arrived. Either way, needlessly wasting time on unimportant matters going to get in the way of that.
Come with us now as we provide five effective ways you can ensure that you only spend the optimal amount of time in meetings.
Prepare A Meeting Agenda
A great way to ensure your team meetings stay on track is through the creation of a meeting agenda. It doesn't have to be overly detailed, but it should contain the main points and how long to spend on each topic to make sure that the most important matters get discussed.
This also ensures that everyone understands what's going to be discussed ahead of time, so they can be ready to add value to the conversation. Not only will creating an agenda help to make things run more smoothly, but it will ensure things run at the right pace - meaning no overrun!
Have A Meeting Leader
As online learning in team management shows us, leadership matters. That's why your team meetings need to have a leader, i.e. someone whose responsibility it is to manage the meeting and get things moving again if the conversation starts to meander.
The meeting leader can also keep a close note of the time to hurry things up if they start falling behind. Like it or not, some people will go off-topic from time to time, but with someone guiding proceedings, they can be brought back when needed.
Encourage Active Listening
If you are the person leading the meeting, it's vital that you don't let your mind wander and focus on active listening. Particularly when talking about morning meetings at the start of the day, it’s easy for people to zone out, but it should be avoided at all costs.
One way you could help ensure this happens is to schedule your team meeting at a time that gives everyone adequate opportunity to get a coffee or tea prior to its commencement.
Stop The Meeting At The Agreed Time
Take short courses online in time management and you’ll soon learn that sticking to any timetable you’ve agreed to is crucial if you want to get things done on time. That means stopping the meeting, even if someone raises their hand to introduce another point.
While you might feel like allowing the person to speak, you need to be strong and perhaps say, “Sorry…the meeting is over. Maybe come back to me in a short while if it's important". This will set a precedent within your team that when the meeting's over, it's over!
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