Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!

Between Cub Scouts and planning Young Women Camp, I’ve had my fair share of meetings the last few months.  Even though some weeks there are only a couple of meeting free nights, for the most part the meetings aren’t a horrible four letter word.  Some meetings I run, some I just show up, and others are somewhere in between.  Here’s my Ten on Tuesday list of ways to have enjoyable meetings, It’s a Crafty Life style.
  1. Serve refreshments – I know many of us are trying to watch our weight, but a plate of homemade cookies show how much I appreciate everyone’s attendance and support.
  2. Be friendly – A little chit chat helps people feel comfortable and builds a personal connection.
  3. Stay focused – While a little chit chat is good, no one wants to spend an extra hour at a meeting listening to me go on about my favorite hobby (unless your meeting is about your favorite hobby).
  4. Be enthusiastic – To me this goes along with being friendly.
  5. See the purpose – I’m giving up time with my family for something important.
  6. Delegate – Not only does this lighten my load, it helps others enjoy the meeting more because they are involved.
  7. Be compassionate – I avoid asking any one to do any thing I’m not willing to do.  I also try to be aware of the situation and not add more than they can manage.
  8. Listen – Listening is tied into so many other steps.  I can’t build a connection or understand your situation if I don’t listen.
  9. Be teachable – Usually the purpose of a meeting is to work together, not just to receive assignments.  I’m more willing to work when I feel my opinions and experience are appreciated.
  10. Say thank you – Everyone wants to be appreciated.  I try to show my appreciation repeatedly.

Now I’m not saying I’m into going to a meeting just for the fun of going to a meeting, but I might as well make the best of it.  What makes a meeting good for you?

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