How To Prepare For A Meeting – WFH /In Person

A survey from the Harvard Business Review with 182 senior managers from a variety of industries; “65% of them stated that meetings keep them from completing their own work. 71% said meetings are unproductive and inefficient. 64% said meetings come at the expense of deep thinking.”

I think we can all agree that most cultures have a heavy meeting culture, but what is the best way to prepare for a meeting to ensure productivity? This article aims to explore how to prepare for a meeting.

  1. Look at the attendee list (connect with those you are not familiar with on LinkedIn). In essence, try to know a little bit of background on the people that you will be meeting.
  2. If the meeting is an introduction to a company or a partnership, it is always good to research the company that you will be meeting. The research should cover these basic points: who they are, what they do and which key markets do they operate in. It is also good to think of a a few meaningful questions to ask the company (especially on information that has not been disclosed on their website).
  3. Set up a clear agenda and leave time for questions, so that the meeting does not go over (a timekeeper may be useful).
  4. Put your webcam on if you can, it gives a person more presence in a digital world and comes across positively and shows you are truly interested.
  5. Have a notebook, take down important points and any follow up tasks that you have been given. Also, write clearly the deadlines for each task so that you deliver on time.
  6. When you enter the meeting, greet everyone on the call and when the call ends thank everyone on the call.

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