Electronic Newsletter Issue 2008-03
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In a Microsoft Office survey, 35% of U.S. respondents chose ineffective meetings among their top wasters of time.
Meetings often get off track when attendees go off on unrelated subjects called rabbit trails. When someone gets on a rabbit trail, they can easily be refocused to the meeting topic using simple meeting management techniques.
There are two simple tools that may be used to refocus the group before a rabbit trail goes too far.
Read more details in article "How Can We Get Off This Rabbit Trail?" online at http://ezinearticles.com/?id=915149
If only all team meetings were highly focused and rabbit trails were never a problem, wouldn't that be grand. If a team is having problems with maintaining their focus in most meetings, then it is time to do something. Try the discussion activity below to help the team understand why they are having a problem maintaining focus and then develop an agreed upon plan for future meetings to avoid the problem.
Note: You may use the video below in step 1 to introduce the activity or you may use as it an example for step 4.
Click arrow to play YouTube video "How to Stop Rabbit Trails in Meetings" by using the Meeting Agenda.
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