How to Save a Meeting That’s Going Nowhere

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We’ve all been stuck in long meetings that bounce aimlessly from one topic to the next. Instead of rolling your eyes, take control. Be brave enough to propose a solution:

  • Play dumb. Ask someone in the room — preferably the strongest communicator — to help you understand what problem you’re trying to solve and what needs to happen to resolve it.
  • Identify the decision-maker. Sometimes meetings stall because no one knows who is responsible for the decision. Ask who that is and inquire whether he’s ready to decide.
  • Get the right people in the room. Are there absentees who need to be there? Suggest rescheduling for a time when all the stakeholders can be present.

Adapted from Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter.

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