How to Lead a Great Team Meeting: 5 Tips that Inspire
Have you ever been in a team meeting that seemed like a slow death? Who hasn’t? Don’t be the manager of that kind of meeting. You do have a choice.
Conduct a Team Meeting with P.O.W.E.R.
Learn how to run a great team meeting in this leadership training video. It will give you 5 powerful steps using the acronym P.O.W.E.R. that can transform your meetings into a positive communication tool. Over the years, I have trained hundreds how to do this, and conducted thousands of engaging inspirational meetings. Often with employees who didn’t want to be there but eventually enjoyed it and learned something. You can do this, too. According to research, over half of all meetings are a waste of time. Why? Many managers don’t know how to conduct an effective meeting. They make the same miserable mistakes day in and day out and never take the time to learn how to conduct them better.
By the way, many managers don’t do meetings. One manager said, “Why hold a meeting? They know what to do.” Another said, “Can I hold a meeting?” As managers, I believe we need to hold team meetings weekly to every other week. Even, if we are separated by distance. Why? For all the reasons below. Furthermore, it’s good communication to listen and talk, collaborate, problem-solve, recognize, train and learn with your team.
A Microsoft study found people spend an average of 5.6 hours a week in meetings-double or triple this for managers- and 69% felt the time is unproductive. Worldwide 13 billion meetings happen every year, and they waste billions of dollars in time and productivity yearly-Wow! Managers need to be mindful of this. Effective managers learn to communicate powerfully, positively and purposefully in any meeting they lead. By doing so, they will propel their teams to new heights in performance achievement.
The Benefits of a Better Team Meeting
As a result of doing a better team meeting you will:
- Gain higher morale from your team
- Receive invaluable input from your team
- Make more effective decisions
- Motivate your team to achieve higher performance
- Become noticed by others in your company
Why a Team Meeting will Fail
Certainly, meetings fail for many reasons but here are a few key reason. Where do you need to improve? (These apply to in person and phone conference meetings.)
- No agenda
- Poor agenda
- Lack of participation
- Doesn’t start on time
- Doesn’t end on time
- Poor facilitation skills by the leader
- No conflict management
- Leader does all of the talking
- They are boring
- Lack of energy
Oh yeah, one more key mistake, the meeting should never have been held in the first place. Why? Because there is no meaningful reason, you aren’t prepared, it’s redundant, it’s not the right timing, or everyone already knows what’s up. James T. Kirk said, “A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.” Learn to avoid these team meeting mistakes and deliver POWER meetings. (watch the video) You become a more effective leader. In addition, you will more than motivate people, you will inspire them. The clock is ticking and people are watching you, why not improve today?
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