(1) Meetings need to start and end on time, regardless if everyone is present. If you wait to begin a meeting until that one last person arrives, you’re telling the others who made it on time that their time isn’t quite as important as the one you are waiting on.
(2) Only have a meeting if there are definite items that need to be addressed or tasks to be accomplished. Attending meetings just because they are on the calendar discourages the people involved.
(3) Setting a timer is a great way to keep one topic from monopolizing a meeting. You’ve got that person who likes to talk every topic to death. Limit discussion with a timer, and if it doesn’t get resolved by the buzzer, then hand it off to a sub-committee, come back to it next time, or figure out a new way to approach it.
(4) At the end of the meeting, you should be able to identify what was accomplished, rather than what was reviewed. Too many church meetings review what everyone already knows.
(5) Everyone should leave knowing their action points and what their deadline is. This provides everyone with a point of accountability.
(6) Be organized. You should go into a meeting knowing the points you’ll be covering and having gathered any information that will be beneficial for making decisions. Do the legwork and be prepared!
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