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Small talk might appear to be inconsequential and unimportant, but it's actually vital across all types of industries, businesses and networks. It helps to form a social cohesion that makes interaction possible and builds trust. If you dismiss small talk, you risk appearing stilted, socially inept, unconfident and even untrustworthy.
The FOMC holds eight regularly scheduled meetings during the year and other meetings as needed.
But do you ever think about the first impression your meetings make? Frequently restarting meetings for stragglers sends the message that participants have more control than you do. Issues opened for discussion with no clear purpose get hijacked by participants with a clearer agenda than yours. If you want to have a more productive meeting, focus on a strong opening. A good start to a meeting is like an overture: It sets the tone, introduces the major themes, and provides a preview of what you can expect.
Here are some best practices for starting your next meeting:. Make the purpose of the meeting clear. Remember to state the purpose of the meeting in the agenda and then reiterate it at the start of the meeting.
Differentiate between idea generation sessions and decision-making forums; separate meetings driving long-term strategic thinking from those driving short-term action and ability. Be specific about the purpose of each agenda item. Although the types of agenda items in any one meeting should be similar, they might be at different stages and therefore require a very different conversation.
Before each agenda item, take a moment to clarify the goal. If your goal is idea generation, say so, and facilitate the discussion appropriately. In contrast, if an item requires a decision, be clear on the decision criteria and the process.
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Specify whether everyone gets to vote or whether one person owns the decision and is looking for recommendations. Ask people to filter their contributions. Another way to set the tone at the start of a meeting is to tell people what level of engagement you expect from each of them. Ask participants to modulate their contributions either up or down so that they take up about as much airtime as everyone else. Ask that participants refrain from simply agreeing with one another.
Reiterate any important ground rules. If your team has spent time developing ground rules which I highly recommend that you douse the time at the beginning of the meeting to remind everyone about any that are still aspirational.
Too many teams go to the effort of defining ground rules and then never speak of them again. Head off passive-aggressive behavior. Many teams use the meeting-before-the-meeting and the meeting-after-the-meeting to surface the prickly or unpopular issues.
That makes the meeting itself a complete waste of time. Address the risk of passive-aggressive behavior explicitly by asking talk first meet later issues be addressed in the meeting, not after it. Decide whether to roundtable.
I would be remiss if I did not weigh in on the controversial topic of roundtables. By roundtable, I mean the portion of the meeting where each participant shares a status update.
Talk first meet later are notoriously bad for sucking up time, adding little value, and providing a platform for nervous team members to justify their paycheck. You can usually tell within the first two minutes whether the meeting is going to be a good use of your time. You have 1 free article s left this month.
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Liane Davey is a team effectiveness advisor and professional speaker. Share your comments and questions with her on Twitter at LianeDavey.