I walked into a meeting last night where the organizers seemed unprepared and the result was chaotic.
No one knew their intention until half hour into the meeting.
No one understood the options that were available to attendees until 40 minutes into the meeting.
No one was there for their stated purpose.
The attendees started to dwindle, splintering off into groups to serve their needs.
I left after a short conversation with someone.
I know of attended many meetings like this, herded into conference rooms, kept waiting for them to start and then asking myself the question, “What am I doing here?”
If you run a meeting, be prepared.
Don’t figure things out on the fly. The attendees deserve more.
Don’t speak in acronyms, even though you may think that everyone attending will understand them. They don’t and they’re either too polite to tell you or too numb from not understanding.
You lose goodwill.
You lose people as they become disengaged.
They stopped caring.
After all, you stop caring about them.
You may not have meant to do that, but that’s the result of what you did.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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