Whether or not you’re in a formal leadership role, you’ll almost certainly end up facilitating a meeting at some point. And it’s a great skill to have, if only so you can help ensure the meetings you’re part of are efficient and productive (who doesn’t want that?!). Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:
- Know your goals. This is such a big one. Are you brainstorming around an idea? Figuring out the process for a new project? Laying plans for an event? Make sure it’s clear. Having a clear sense of where you’re hoping to end up by the end of the meeting is key.
- Know what needs to be done in the meeting, and what can be done before / after / between meetings. Another big one. Coming together in the same space – whether you’re in person or online – has it’s advantages. If people are behind on a project, or need the motivation of others in the room, being together can provide a necessary jump start. However sometimes there will be tasks that people can easily accomplish before or after the meeting, which will save everyone time.