Part II. Strategic Agendas--
One of the most powerful tools you can use to improve your meetings
Look up the definition of an agenda. Over and over, you will see that it is frequently described as only a list of topics—akin to a grocery list. Really? Since when is a grocery list an effective tool for managing a meeting? A grocery list is totally inadequate because it will not be:
Defensive Moves: Think of an agenda as a strategic tool. How could you leverage it? A strategically designed agenda can be used to manage a meeting, manage speakers, and demand the best use of everyone’s time. How? 
Defensive Moves: Don’t buy-in that a list is an agenda. In a list, all topics/processes have the same importance and priority. Each speaker can and will assume that their topic is the most important, potentially using up excessive amounts of time compared to other, perhaps higher priority, topics or needs such as bio-breaks.
Defensive Moves: Demand a strategic agenda – or at least one that is well thought out for any meeting lasting more than 2 hours (for example). Protect your and the group’s time and resources. Consider developing a standard: Any meeting longer than 30 minutes (for instance) requires an agenda with at least clearly stated goals and purpose. OR set a group standard that presentation time will not be extended more than 5 minutes, unless the entire group agrees.
Defensive Moves: Try to end the meeting on time or 5 minutes early every time. Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but if you have another meeting to go to, it just might get you there on time. Getting done just a little early is always a gift, especially if you are able to accomplish what you needed.
An agenda is more than a grocery list. It can be used to make your meetings more efficient, effective, while saving time and resources. It helps manage group expectations and helps a group manage the meeting. More to come...
1 Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/well/move/why-sitting-may-be-bad-for-your-brain.html)
2 Meetings Survival Guide, Cispus Institute (http://www.awsplearningcenters.org/cispus-institute)
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