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Productive Meetings

Follow these tips to make the most of meetings.

This story appears in the August 2000 issue of

Working from home means no more last-minute meetings in the conference room. If someone wants to meet with you or vice versa, you have to plan ahead. Use the time between setting the date and actually holding the meeting to prepare in advance and make the most out of each meeting.

  • First, determine whether you even need to hold a meeting by describing the purpose of the meeting in one sentence. If you don't have a specific reason for holding a meeting, don't waste your time or your clients'. Instead, find another way to discuss a small issue by using e-mail, the phone or fax. If the purpose of your meeting is clear, go ahead and schedule the meeting.
  • Ask your client to include only those people who can make a contribution to the meeting. Your key contact at a corporation may be the only person who needs to attend, instead of others who will merely monopolize the conversation or try to manipulate everyone else.

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