Meetings can be one of the most time-wasting things you do at work. So someone needs to make sure they don’t go off into all kinds of directions. And wind up never getting to the original point. So I put together a basic sample meeting agenda to help you keep things on track.
Why an agenda? Well, a great agenda (with some added guideposts) can make all the difference. It can help the person running the meeting keep people on topic. And provides a roadmap for where you need to go. It can also help you realize when you get there!
Basic Sample Meeting Agenda
First, a radical idea: An agenda that tells you what topics the meeting will cover. And helps people truly understand why they are there!
Most agendas provide a quick list of topics that will be discussed, with little more than that. But sometimes people who attend the meeting aren’t quite sure exactly why they are there. They just see a bunch of points on an agenda that may or may not be connected to some overall goal.
So the radical idea is to use the agenda to help people know why they are in the room at this time. And also help them understand what you plan to accomplish during the meeting — the bigger picture.
When people fully understand your purpose, their contributions throughout can be more on point, and therefore more effective. A simple concept that too many meeting makers fail to consider.
And now for that sample meeting agenda:
[Click on sample meeting agenda above to see it in new window]
NOTE: You may notice that some of the items seem like they may be covering the same territory. While that might appear to be a poor use of time, the meeting goal is to uncover any potential problems / showstoppers.
So leaving room for a little extra digging and thought — and coming at it from a slightly different angle — is exactly on target. And it may save you big problems later on.
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