Run a Decisive Project Meeting

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To keep momentum in a project, you need to run great meetings. Make your next project meeting productive with these three guidelines:

  • Restate the meeting’s purpose. Even if you think everyone knows it, it helps to remind them and sharpen the group’s focus.
  • Include everyone. If one or two people dominate the conversation and others are shy about leaping in, draw out new people by saying, “Thanks for those ideas, Carl. What are your thoughts about this problem, Megan?”
  • End well. Close the meeting with an action plan and a clear time frame. State the decisions the group has made, who owns what, and when they need to report back to the team.

Adapted from Guide to Project Management.

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