Getting Things Done...
We just had a great meeting before lunch. We got a lot done, and made lots of assignments. After lunch, no one remembers what the assignments, tasks, and agreements were. What went wrong?
Have you ever gone to a meeting like this? It is almost like tredding water... everyone is busy at the meeting, but the task is not moving forward, and no one is doing the follow-up work they volunteered for. A lot of meetings have this problem, and it has generated a bad rap for many meetings that DO get things done. What can you do to fix this problem? 
Fight Back! Meetings can be used to leverage group knowledge, skills, and resources... but only if the time is managed well!
Defensive Moves: How you manage the meeting can make a big change. 
--Capture tasks, assignments, agreements and review them with the group at the end of each segment. --Ask the group if any tasks, assignments, or agreements were missed or need clarification. Make sure there is time within the segment to do this.
--Plan time to review tasks, assignments, etc. within the agenda. This time is needed at the end of each meeting segment, especially if the audience changes. So let’s say you have dedicated 35 minutes for a topic, and questions/answers. Add another five minutes to review tasks, assignments, and decisions.
--When doing the review: Repeat the task (assignment or agreement), due dates, and end products as a question. It could go something like this: ‘Jim, you agreed to provide meeting minutes for the group by the end of next week. Are you still on for that task?’ Look at Jim directly and watch (the whole group will often turn and look the same direction). Wait for agreement. If Jim doesn’t agree, there is an opportunity to see if someone else can do the task. If Jim says ‘yes’ and then fails to do the task, it will reflect on him, and not on the meeting.
--Document the list of tasks, assignments, agreements in the meeting notes. Not only does this show that the group is making progress, but it can also help the group not go back and rechew topics and decisions.
--Note the tasks, assignments, and agreements right before the meeting ends and before people start to leave. People will often remember the last things said at a meeting and that is a great time to repeat this information, special due dates, or the next meeting details.
--Celebrate your success. If there was a meeting and no meeting notes, it will be difficult to celebrate your progress. In essence, if there are no meeting notes, it will be difficult to prove that a meeting occurred. Celebrations are important wins worth noting.
 What if attendees remember nothing from your meetings? (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-if-attendees-remembe_b_13979484)
 Meetings Survival Guide, by Kath Collier, Cispus Institute (http://www.awsplearningcenters.org/cispus-institute)
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