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  • Writer's pictureAlan Shoebridge

Building the fundamentals: How to effectively run your first big meeting

Running an effective meeting is a skill that is built over time through practice. Yet, we all have to start somewhere. If you’re going to be running an important meeting soon with a relatively large group, where you should you start? There are five key steps you should take to set yourself up for success and ensure the best possible outcome. The good news is that four out of the five steps are relatively easy to do!

The process

  1. Set your objectives

  2. Select the right format

  3. Create your agenda

  4. Moderate the group (the hard one!)

  5. Follow-up ASAP

Practice makes perfect

This content is part of my “building the fundamentals” learning series intended for younger professionals. However, running a productive meeting is something that everyone needs to think about on a regular basis. I’ve seen even experienced colleagues forget to hit the basics, such as setting an agenda. When that happens, the outcome is often a meeting that was far less productive or enjoyable than it should have been.

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