With so many disturbing changes in the corporate environment, companies are holding more and more meetings. Most managers are managing in panic modes. It seems as though everything is a crisis that requires a meeting. The reality is…
Most meetings in the workplace are boring, unnecessary, and unproductive. A waste of time and money.
According to Business Insider, 11 million meetings are held in the United States every single day. It’s also reported that 91% of the people attending those meetings say they daydream during meetings.
Years ago, when I held a full-time job, I participated in a lot of boring meetings. I called many of them beatings instead of meetings. During these sessions, the manager would take the opportunity to rehash what is wrong.
The reality is, those meetings cost the company. For example, let’s say an employee makes $30 an hour. You would assume that the corporation would lose only $30 by sending that employee to the meeting. Right? Well, that is not correct.
The same employee takes time before and after to get ready for the meeting as well as preparing to start working again. That takes roughly one hour. For those two hours, the company is also losing two hours of productivity.
Let’s say 30 employees in your company are meeting today. That is roughly 60 hours of lost productivity plus the wages. For example, IBM has about 433,362 employees worldwide, and Proctor & Gamble has 135,000 employees. Imagine how many departmental and team meetings they hold every year.
Do the math. The total number of wasted hours and money spent on meetings every single year will stun you. The funny thing is, sometimes companies will call a meeting just to plan for another meeting.
So, how do you, as a manager, make sure that your meetings don’t cost your company? The answer is simple: Have productive meetings that impact their bottom line. How do you do so?
10 Quick Tips To Help You Conduct Effective And Productive Meetings
Meet When It’s Necessary
If you have some simple information you want to communicate, share it in an email or internal memo, don’t call a meeting. It’s not necessary to pull away team members from their work when you can quickly send them a memo.
By the way, don’t have a meeting about the next meeting either. It’s a waste of time, productivity, and money. The question to ask yourself is this: “Is this meeting I am calling necessary?”
Don’t Wing It
If you are a manager or team leader, never show up at the last minute in a hurry fumbling for what you are going to say at the meeting. That is VERY unprofessional and unproductive. That would communicate a lot about your leadership. There’s a saying that goes, “how you do anything is how you do everything.”
I encourage you not to leave it to chance when it comes to having a productive and effective meeting. You should summarize in one sentence the outcome of your meeting. Simply put, know your goal and objective for the meeting.
When you organize and plan your meeting ahead of time, you feel less stress and more present at the meeting. You don’t have to run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to make some copies. And, your bosses will think highly of you.
Show Up On Time
You should keep in mind that people are busy. They have deadlines to meet. When you schedule your meeting for one hour, make sure you end the meeting in one hour.
The way to do so is to show up on time. Let everyone know in an email that the meeting will start and end on time. Set the example. Be the first one to arrive. Begin and end promptly.
Of course, some people might miss out on some details if they arrive late. Nevertheless, they will know to show up on time at the next meeting.
Skip The Small Talk
Get with the agenda immediately. If not, the side conversations will get out of control. Be the moderator. Take charge.
Thank everyone for their time and promptness. Read the meeting’s agenda so the attendees know what to expect.
Don’t Be A Super Man Or Woman
I just got off the phone with a meeting planner who’s booking me to speak at her event. I asked about her planning committee. She said, “We don’t have a planning committee. I’m the committee.”
Really? I’m talking about a meeting for 400 attendees. It took months of preparation. Now, it’s either she loves to be in control. Or her organization is pushing the do-with-less nonsense too far.
You must delegate some tasks. Ask others to volunteer. Unless your meeting is for a handful of people, don’t plan it all by yourself.
Keep Everyone In The Loop
Don’t leave anyone in the dark guessing the goal of the meeting. Prepare an agenda and pass it around to everyone before the meeting starts. List all the key points you’ll address. Also, list the people responsible to address each topic.
Stick To Your List
As the moderator, your job is to maintain order. Have a list fo what you will cover right in front of you. The moment you and your team wrap up a topic or item on your list, check it off and move on to the next one.
Hold Your Team Members Accountable
That’s where you can make your meeting pay off. Before you move on to the next topic on your list, make sure someone is accountable for following through. Never proceed to the next item unless someone is going to take the right actions.
If you don’t have actionable steps, your meeting is a waste of time and money. Say something like this, “Bob, since this pertains to your department, can we please count on you to gather a list of potential speakers for review by this coming Thursday?”
Do you remember I mentioned about the boring meetings? Well, your job is to set the tone of the meeting. Be enthusiastic when you show up. Play some upbeat and feel-good music as the attendees arrive. Believe it or not, as the manager or team leader, you set the tone. Speak enthusiastically.
Ask For Feedback
Ken Blanchard, the author of Who Moved My Cheese, said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champion.” Find out what you did right and what you can improve.
Ask the participants for their feedback about the meeting. Most of them will tell you it was great. But, probe them for more details. Say, “Thanks for letting me know it was a great meeting. But, if there’s one change you could improve, what would it be?”
In fact, you can use this strategy whenever you want to improve something. However, let me caution you that some people will give you some negative feedback. Don’t focus on them. Move on!
Okay, those ten tips should help you have productive and effective meetings. Once you start applying them, you will develop a great reputation for yourself. Your team members will be more accountable for results.
Happy meetings! I would love to hear your feedback about this post.
It’s that time for your salary negotiation. You badly want a pay raise. However, the people in the human resources department are dragging their feet. It seems as though you company doesn’t care about you.
Well, your company does care. However, they care more about their bottom line than your pay raise. Of course, they want you to be happy. After all, when you’re happy, you’re more productive. But, you have to…
Ask for what you want!
I bet you that everyone in the human resources department is busy looking out for himself or herself. The reality is, people don’t go to bed with you on their mind. They don’t worry about your pay raise. They have too many irons in the fire.
It’s up to you to remind your boss or the human resources department. Simply put, ask for that pay raise you so rightly deserve. Now, I want to share with you…
7 Ways To Motivate Your Boss Or The Human Resources Department To Give You A Fat Pay Raise During The Salary Negotiation
1. Show Up With Undeniable Proof
You don’t want to show up to the human resources department and announce that you are due for a pay raise without justification. Asking for a pay raise is a selling job. Before you request to meet with your boss for a salary negotiation, prepare yourself well in advanced.
Pretend you are an attorney preparing for a salary negotiation. Build a good case to persuade the jury that you deserve a pay raise. Show up with all your facts and details neatly organized. You might find out just being so well prepared can motivate your boss or the human resources department to grant your request.
2. Make A List Of Your Responsibilities
Perhaps when you started in your position, you had a few responsibilities. But, as you get more experience, your responsibilities change. In some cases, you might have more responsibilities.
I want you to keep a special notebook and list everything you do at work. When I say everything, I do mean everything.
Now, if you find it hard to list your responsibilities, you probably are not ready for a pay raise yet. I suggest you volunteer yourself for more responsibilities. Since we’re living in a world where doing more with less is the norm. I seriously doubt your boss is not tossing more responsibilities at you.
3. Be Nice During The Salary Negotiation
Don’t show up with an attitude because they are moving too slow with your pay raise. As I mentioned before, people not staring at the ceiling at night worrying about your pay raise. It’s your job to ask for it.
Show up with a positive attitude during the salary negotiation. Put a smile on your face. Express your gratitude for the job and the team you are a part of.
By the way, never threaten your employer. You don’t to create resistance and friction. Just be nice.
4. Talk About Their Needs
During the salary negotiation, you want to talk about heir need instead of yours. They don’t care about your cost of living and the long hours you are working.
They care about their profits. Talk about their goals and vision. Let them know how you intent to do everything within your power to help them achieve their goals.
Simply put, keep bringing the conversation back to what they want instead of what you want.
5. Make A List Of Your Current Skills
I encourage you to make a list of your skills before the salary negotiation starts. When you started on the job, you knew a few things. Now you have more experience.
You can get things done more rapidly and efficiently. You also acquired new skills along the way.
For example, perhaps you now know how to plan meetings, use PowerPoint’s, Microsoft Excel, train new employees, provide superior customer service, etc.
When you go to your boss or the human resources department, you need to have a comprehensive list to impress them.
6. Ask For More Than What You Want
This is a powerful strategy in salary negotiation or any negation for that matter. Whenever you want something, always ask more. That’s called the law of contrast. For example, if you want a friend to lend you $500, ask for $2,000.
Now, don’t ask for a ridiculous amount. Be considerate. If you’re making $20 an hour, don’t ask for $90 an hour. If you do, they might think you’re losing your mind.
7. Be Bold And Courageous
I save this for last because I want you to muster every ounce of courage you have in you to ask for what you want during the salary negotiation. You see, there’s absolutely no reason to be afraid of asking for a pay raise. After all, you know you work hard, and you deserve it.
The main thing to keep in mind is the fact that you have absolutely nothing to lose by asking for a pay raise.
Think about it this way: If you get a no, you will still get to keep your current salary. Besides, when you ask for a pay raise, it shows you’re confident that you’re contributing to your company.
After all, they expect you to ask for a pay raise. There’s no need to be scared or intimidated about it. Ask and you shall receive.
Finally, be prepared for anything during the salary negotiation. You might get what you ask for or you might get less. Who knows? They might decide not to give a pay raise at all. That’s okay. Maybe you didn’t do a good job preparing for the salary negation.
Go back to the drawing board. Keep performing at your best. Continue to gather more facts to build even a stronger case.
Please, don’t hold any grudges. Don’t take it personally. You’ll have another opportunity for a salary negotiation. Keep stepping.