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Strong Starts to Meetings: Effective Communication in Leadership

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Meetings are a great way to increase team productivity in a short amount a time. When the right people are in the room, you can accelerate problem solving and decision making for important issues. Increase the chances of focusing on the right priorities by starting off strong. Set expectations with a clearly defined purpose and desired outcome. Gain instant credibility with a stand-out self introduction. Effective communication in leadership is an essential aspect in adding value to any meeting.

by Stephanie Bickel

Effective Communication in Leadership

Here are some proven techniques for having a strong start to a meeting:

1. Set the agenda

Clearly outline the purpose and goals of the meeting, as well as the specific topics that will be discussed. This will help participants understand the purpose of the meeting and stay focused.

2. Introduce yourself

Take a few minutes to introduce yourself and any other attendees who may not be familiar with everyone in the group.

3. Review the ground rules

Establish ground rules for the meeting, such as respecting each other's time, staying on topic, and using inclusive language.

4. Encourage participation

Encourage everyone to participate in the discussion by asking for their input and ideas.

5. Stay on schedule

Keep the meeting on track by following the agenda and using a timer to stay on schedule.

6. Summarize key points

At the end of the meeting, summarize the key points and actions that were agreed upon.

7. Follow up

Follow up on any actions or decisions that were made during the meeting to ensure that they are completed in a timely manner.

Having a strong start to a meeting involves setting clear goals and expectations, encouraging participation, and staying on track. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your meetings are adding value to your business.


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