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The experience must be finished to enjoy the fruits of the effort

The experience must be finished to enjoy the fruits of the effort

Meetings are a necessity to promote good communication in any business. Well run, focused and organized meetings offer the opportunity to insure that all the participants are engaged in a cooperative effort. On the other hand – disorganized meetings with no well defined goals inhibit positive communication and lead the participants to wonder if the organizers of the meeting really know what they are doing. We’ve probably all experienced that that feeling! Let’s review a few essentials for a well organized meeting that will promote positive communication and insure that participants leave with renewed enthusiasm and determination. Most people are well aware of the first three items, although they are too often ignored. However, even the most efficient meeting often is ineffective because it ended without finalizing the experience.

1. Identify the goal of the meeting. It is critical to identify what information is being shared or what decisions are going to be made. It is also important to reflect on what knowledge the participants will have acquired after they leave. The communication must start prior to the meeting.

2. Establish an agenda. Set the time. It is just as important to set an end time as it is the start time. Otherwise the meeting turns into a session that loses its’ purpose. Identify the leader and the participants and all should know what they are expected to bring to the meeting. Communication efforts that are not well planned in advance will only hinder the communication that takes place during the meeting.

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3. Maintain the focus of the meeting. It is not uncommon for meetings to be lengthy and meandering because participants are allowed to inject information or opinion that is not salient to the goal of communication that was identified for this particular meeting. A strong and determined leader is necessary for the most effective communication outcome.

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4. Finalize the experience! Summarize the results of the meeting before the participants depart. It is incumbent on the leader to complete this most critical step to successful communication. Highlight the information that has been shared. Thank the participants for their efforts and point out what the attendees are now to do with this information. Repeat clearly what decisions have been made. This is not a rehash of the meeting but the identification of any new responsibilities or deadlines that may have been imposed. Ask specific questions to establish that all attendees understand their specific goals and the time frames for completion or compliance. Point out what coordination may have to take place between individuals or departments. If important decisions have been made, set the time for the next meeting and clarify what is expected to be accomplished in the intervening period. Clarify any questions that have been raised.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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