Bill at bBlog points us to an article at Open Loops about best practices for being a meeting participant. I like the spin, because there are lots of posts out there about how to run meetings, but of course, for every one person running a meeting, there are plenty more sitting there twiddling their thumbs wondering what to do.
Bert Webb covers what one might consider as a participant before attending a meeting, during the meeting, and post.
- Get an agenda ahead of time
- Acquire the proper tools
- Assign Next Actions to Participants
- Establish deadlines
- Do all Next Actions That Take Less Than Two-Minutes
- Defer all Next Actions That Will Take Longer Than Two-Minutes
- Update Your Meeting File
The article defines all these in a little more detail.
Meeting Best Practices – [Open Loops]