Do you regularly chair team meetings? Do you find yourself frustrated with controlling those meetings? Perhaps you have issues with certain individuals? This may be a possible solution for you and your team.
I have been participating in a lot of group work recently and it has made me reflect back on the times when I used to facilitate team meetings in the work place. These rules are transferable to any type of meeting and will help set the ground rules. They worked for me and I’m sure you will be able to adapt the concept for your own team too.
Turn Up On Time
Listen whilst someone else is talking
Listen with the intent to underst and, not reply
No bad language is allowed
No idea is a bad idea
If you have a problem, please follow up with a possible solution
You’ll notice that none of the rules are complicated. As the chair of the meeting you have to lead by example…so make sure you follow your rules too.
Applying the rules
What I did to apply the rules was print them out on A4 paper with a big font size and display them at each meeting I chaired. You could do the same with your own version.
You could also ask your team to put the rules together themselves, and if you know what you are looking for you could guide them through the process.
What would you do?
- What else would you include on the list?
- Do you think this is too simple?
- Do you think it would help your meeting run smoother?
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.
Don’t forget to be awesome!