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Ensure meetings run smoothly with PHD’s guide


Ensure meetings run smoothly with PHD’s guide

Meetings are a weekly if not daily occurrence in most businesses, but what is the sense in a meeting that doesn’t lead to better efficiency and increased productivity?

What’s more, wasted time in unproductive meetings is also wasted money.

Research from Epson and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) found that workers waste two hours and 39 minutes in ineffective meetings every week, costing businesses an estimated £26 billion a year.

However, meetings are necessary part of a professional working environment. They create opportunities for staff to network, share ideas as well as encourage teamwork and involvement in business developments.

PHD has created a guide to running effective meetings to help businesses get the most from time spent in the boardroom.

In terms of content, meetings need to be straight to the point and remain focused throughout trying proactively not to sway off topic, tackling topics in a brief and concise fashion.

Meetings should be organised and start and end on time. Participants should be emailed the agenda at least 24 hours in advance so they are aware of topics to be discussed and then receive a follow-up email within 24 hours after the meeting with actions to be taken.

All participants should make a conscious effort to participate positively and ideas, rather than people, should be challenged constructively. People who are not speaking should listen and not begin a side conversation – mainly out of courtesy but so that ideas are not missed or talked over. 

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