Some time ago, Success Magazine queried online, “How To: Maximize Meetings?”
I responded with one important tip and it was selected as the Editors’ Favorite! My suggestion was printed in Success Magazine in the Letters to the Editor section. I was rewarded with a free copy of the magazine publisher’s (Darren Hardy) book The Compound Effect. Below is the tip that won the prize!
One recommendation I make to my clients on improving their meetings is to institute a Decision Board (often replaces meeting minutes). This captures on a flipchart what decisions were made on each agenda item along with the appropriate next steps. These become the meeting minutes and, when reviewed at the end of the meeting, remind people of what has been achieved and their commitments going forward.
I describe this technique in my blog post entitled Alternative to Meeting Minutes.