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close this bookHundred Tips for a Better Management (Aga Khan Foundation, 1993, 70 p.)
close this folderRunning effective meetings
View the document(introduction...)
View the document9. Before you call a meeting, decide if you should have one at all10
View the document10. If you must have a meeting, plan how to get the most out of it11
View the document11. Guide your team in having more effective discussions12
View the document12. Start on time; End on time13
View the document13. How to chair a meeting14
View the document14. Don't sit on the results of a good meeting; follow up with a plan of action15
View the document15. Maximise what you can get out of a ''brainstorming'' session16

12. Start on time; End on time13

One of the keys to running an effective meeting is to stay on time. But often the main problem is that staff simply don't arrive on time. Meetings that fail to start on time probably, to the exasperation of most staff, do not end on time.

So, to get your people there on time, try these hints:

  • Schedule meetings to begin at odd times. For example, if you start a meeting at a quarter past the hour, it may get more attention.


  • Start on time regardless of who is missing.


  • Close the door when a meeting begins.


  • Discuss, first, those items of particular interest to latecomers.


  • Look to other group member to apply pressure to chronic latecomers.


  • Speak privately to offenders.