A book recommendation from Dan Beaulieu:
Meetings That Get Results: From the Brian Tracy Success Library
Copyright 2016 Amacom
Pages: 105 with Index
A must for every manager’s library.
How many times have you sat in seemingly interminable meetings waiting for the leader to get on with it…to get to the point; or watching two rival managers verbally sparring while the rest of the attendees duck trying to avoid the gorilla dust? Or worse yet have you actually run a meeting like this one?
Then you need this little book; the latest addition to the Brian Tracy Success Library.
Delving into this short read you’ll find tips and tools that will insure that you have run your last boring and ineffective meeting:
From the book:
Set a time limit for the meeting. If you say it will last two hours it will last two hours if you say it will last thirty minutes it will last thirty minutes. Funny how that works.
Send out an agenda. The more detailed the agenda the better the meeting will run.
Set goals: Decide what you want to get out of the meeting.
Decided who needs to attend the meeting and why. Be careful of associates in search of a meeting.
Check out the room. Always check out the room. You don’t want to be having a business seminar next to a Guns and Roses concert.
Set up the seating. The best is the horseshoe shape, the worst is theater style
Tracy covers both types of meetings from the large training sessions to the one on ones. He even describes how you should be sitting when having a one on one meeting; each of you at a corner of the table. How to get your point across; and how to listen.
As always this is one of those Tracy books that you should keep around to refer to every time you are about to run a meeting either with a hundred people or with one person you will find valuable advice every time you open it.