- Is the meeting necessary?
Occasionally meetings are the lazy way to move a project along the process. If you don’t need a meeting, don’t schedule it.
- Is there an agenda?
Without a solid agenda, please refer back to question 1. Agendas should cover what the goal of the meeting is and the brief topics to be covered.
- Timekeeper and Scribes in the meeting
Nothing worse than waiting for someone to get their notes down, or a meeting that runs over because someone wasn’t watching the clock.
- Clamshells down.
If you’re in the meeting, be in the meeting. Unless you are presenting your computer should be shut and you should be paying attention. If you’re checking email, please check items #1 and #2 and make sure you are the appropriate member of the team you represent.
- Take Derailing Questions or Discussions to Sidebars
“Can we table that issue for a discussion after the meeting? I’d like to stay with the agenda for now.”
- Good post-meeting notes within an hour of the conclusion of the meeting: action items and dates recorded.
- Do you need the next meeting? Can you take the previous discussion notes and turn them into the next agenda? If you don’t need the meeting, cancel it and give your colleagues time back in their day.
I’ve been writing about GTD (Getting Things Done) and agile methods for a long time. But they are not a focus of this blog, and more of a byproduct of my approach to marketing and staying on top of all the social media channels and posts I need to accomplish during any given day or week or year. But I am very set in my ways. And some of them might be helpful to you, so I decided to collect the GTD (Getting Things Done) and Productivity Posts into this thread to help you find some of the best tools I’ve found in doing my day job. [Note: I owe the “kick ass” phrase to Kathy Sierra.]
- There is Never Enough Time: So… What’s Your Plan?
- How To Generate Strategic Content for Social Media?
- Where Do You Pay Attention – The Cost of Attention Deficit and Economic Recessions
- It’s Not ADD Mom, It’s Attention Deficit Trait – I’m Learning To Be This Way
Quick and Agile
- Make Your Meetings Rock, Every Time: Consulting Like Clockwork
- Digital Trust & Digital Tools To Accelerate Global Collaborations
- Getting Together: Webinar Systems and the Search for a Collaborative Framework
- Agile Leadership: Old Meetings vs New Meetings
- Zen and the Tennisball Machine – Alone with Patience and Agility
- Letters to a Young Artist in the Digital Age – Your Personal Creative Cloud
- Let’s Talk About Your Evil Plan(tm) – Yeah, But What Else Are You Doing?
- “Who Asked You to Do This?” and the Critical Path to Work Success
- Creating Passionate Teams – Encouraging Smart People to Want to Contribute or NOT.
- Social Media Strategies: Calculating the ROI on a Social Networking Saturday
- Plussing or Dividing: How Are You Showing Up in the World?
- Leadership and Teamwork: Mixed Doubles Anyone?
- The First Cut: Applying The Way of the Sword to Life and Tennis
- An Inspiring Leader Is: Inspired Themselves and Usually Short on Time
- Mental Jujitsu: Nothing Ever Works Out, Get Over It and Get to Work
Get Social with Me
- Getting Twitter Under Control: Tweetdeck Setup for Listening
- Your Next Ninja Move: Return Notifications on Your Email
- Critical Path Strategies: Digital Marketing
- Your Business Dashboard: Hack Your Browser for Efficiency
- The Six Pillars of Online Reputation and Brand Management
- Online Collaborator’s Toolkit: The Sharing Tools You Need to Web It Up!
- Managing the Information Overload of Social Media
- Are You a Connector? Giving Referrals & Recommendations Is Part of Your Work
- Who Are You Eating With? Notice Who You Are Inviting To Lunch
- Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Life and Social Media
- Social Media Workflow: What’s Your Daily Cadence for Sharing on Social Networks [infographic]
- The Social Economy: I’m Trying to Give It Away, What’s the Problem? (So Is Everyone Else)
- Drawing the Circles Around LinkedIN Contacts – Social Media for Business of Any Size
- What’s Your Social Media STACK? Application Framework? Social Media Workflow?
- Going Incognito: Top Secret Browsing Has Important Uses
Life Work – Zen Blend
- Writing a Plan for Your Future – A Career Path Template (Downloadable)
- Life Streaming: Resetting Your Digital Map for Efficiency & Success
- The Fallacy of Just-In-Time Learning: We All Know Everything (Just Google It)
- Is Blurring the Lines Between Business and Creativity Acceptable? re: writer, musician, marketer
- Positive Forces: Delayed, Deflected, Divorced, Distracted, But Not Deterred
- Positive Momentum: How Do You Generate Your Forward Thinking?
- Dear Graduate – a Toolkit for Learners and Job Hunters
- Resetting Priorities: “You have no events scheduled today.”
- What You Capture and What You Share Is What You ARE (Do You Listen to the Sound of Your Own Voice?)
- Cutting Back on My Social Scene and Focusing the Conversation
- Mapping Your Own Social Media Genome: Managing the Parts as a Whole
- Sometimes We Miss: Other Times We Are Like Birds on a Branch Together
- InBox ZERO is MINE! I am an InBox ZERO Hero!
- Tao Te Ching – at ease in your own life (translation by Stephen Mitchell)