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In a 2001 Tulsa University study,
managers in many different functional areas giving self-estimates of meeting
productivity estimated from 33%-47%.
What kind of grade
do your meetings get?
Meeting Leaders Make
Ten common mistakes that meeting leaders make and meeting attendees often
accept without question during the meeting are:
The meeting leader does not
understand the role of facilitator.
The recorder role is under
The leader does not have a
they have an agenda, they allow random changes.
agenda does not have times assigned to each topic.
Records of meeting are not
visible during meeting.
Records of meeting are not
Actions are not recorded
Actions are not assigned to
people before meeting ends.
Deadlines are not assigned to
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"Sometimes in meetings,
someone will say something that sparks something else that is not part of
the meeting purpose. The member's get going on the new subject and
forget about the meeting purpose or current agenda item. When this
happens the facilitator will need to remind members why they are there and
ask if they need to change the focus of the meeting, add the topic as an
agenda item or as an issue for later discussion, or should they return to
the primary meeting purpose. Often pointing to the agenda or record of
what the group has accomplished on boards or paper will return the groups
focus to their original purpose."
Source: The above
text is an except from Beastly Problems section of the book "R.A!R.A!
A Meeting Wizard's Approach" ©2007 on how to avoid Rabbit Trails.
"The mistakes of
the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the
wise man are known to himself, but not to the world." -
Charles Caleb Colton
R.A!R.A! A Meeting Wizard's Approach
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