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Naomi Chavez, an internal consultant for Cisco Systems, one of Silicon Valley's leading network-equipment manufacturers, is frustrated: "We have the most ineffective meetings of any company I've ever seen." Kevin Eassa, vice president of operations for the disk division of Conner Peripherals, another Silicon Valley giant, is realistically resigned: "We realize our meetings are unproductive. A consulting firm is trying to help us, and we think they've hit the mark. But we've got a long way to go." Richard Collard, senior manager of network operations at Federal Express, is simply exasperated: "We just seem to meet and meet and meet and we never seem to do anything"
A few simple hints on how to make you meetings more efficient - Before. During and After.
Meetings can be the most dreaded part of business, yet they are essential to good communication. Make them a positive part of your business operation by organizing them well.
If you’ve ever been in charge of planning a meeting or other event, you know that there’s many things to think about and a lot of work to do. Here’s a few Meeting Checklists to help you stay organized. Some tasks won’t apply to every situation, and there will be other times when you’ll have many tasks to add. At the least, these lists can get you headed in the right direction.