Monday, January 18, 2010

Be Brief, Be Bright, Be Gone

"Be brief, be bright, be gone" is an astute rule of thumb for business presentations - and for breathing new life into standing meetings.

Be Brief

  • Start by checking that everyone understands what needs to occur for this meeting to be a success: the required meeting outcomes.
  • Eliminate any non-essential agenda items. Each remaining item should be critical to achieving the meeting outcomes.

Be Bright

  • Ask if everyone attending has a contribution to make that will have a clear impact on the meeting outcomes.
  • During discussions, press for information that is new and relevant. Point out high impact contributions.
  • Keep discussions focused on reaching the meeting outcomes.

Be Gone

  • Summarize conclusions and outcomes at the end of the meeting.
  • Define next steps clearly.
  • End early or on time.


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