Will Your Meeting Time Be Time Well Spent?
One of the most difficult tasks in holding a high-quality meeting is managing your time. That’s particularly true at EDS, where schedules are compressed, and you’ll be attending multiple meetings throughout the day.
Good time management begins with arriving on the dot. “To have a successful and enjoyable EDS, be respectful of everyone’s time,” says Holly Good, national distribution manager for Cornell Dubilier Electronics. And just because your meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., doesn’t mean you need to wring out every last minute and be late to your next meeting. Start on time and end early, Ms. Good advises. “We’re allotted an hour, but I keep all my meetings to about 50 minutes.”
Preparation is essential, stresses Woody Wilder, vice president of sales for Murata America. “Schedule your meetings times, conference rooms and topics …as much in advance as possible.”
And keep your eyes on the prize. Structure your meeting in terms of what you want to achieve. Then keep the meeting focused firmly on those objectives. “You really have to know… what you’re going to talk about so you can manage the time, the agenda and the results,” advises Steven Fisher, chairman & CEO of PEI-Genesis.
And remember: It’s vital that you take the time to follow up after your meeting. Keep the conversation going!