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Want Better Meetings? Create Better Agendas!

Business Writing

Great meetings start with great agendas. These tips will help you write agendas that keep meetings on track. Start the agenda with the name of the. This month''s Better Writing at Work includes the full article with more examples.) How to Write _ Meeting Notes and Minutes

Annotated Agenda

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is very useful to use an annotated agenda. For those who have never used one, it is simply an agenda with notes on it. For the agenda that I send to the meeting participants, I annotate it to let them know why an item is on the agenda or if there are any attachments. Adoption of Agenda (Motion Required) 2. My new boss had never used an annotated agenda before so when I started using it he kept telling me how useful it was.

Conquering The Open Loops Of Productivity

Productivity Bits

GTD Agenda - This is one of the tools designed with the GTD system in mind. Employee Productivity getting things done GTD GTD Agenda Increase Productivity open loops Producteev productivity at workplace Productivity Tools WorkonthisCopyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Fourth Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Making Better Meetings with John Poelstra


Podcast Work Life agenda makeover map meetings minutes peopleOn this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with podcast producer and meeting facilitation expert John Poelstra about how we can go about making better meetings. We dive into the “MAP” you need to make your meetings better, how to improve your meeting facilitation skills, how to deal with latecomers and attendees who take over meetings, and much more. Relevant Links. Webinar Ninja.

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Shining the Spotlight on Hidden Agendas

Make or Break Moments

However, recently there have been incidents where the contestants have had hidden agendas. Here’s what I have to say: Your hidden agendas aren’t so hidden. Do you have a hidden agenda with your customers? Do you press hidden sales agendas on your employees?

The 43 Folders Method (Paper System)

Office Dynamics

Imagine you have a paper item that needs to be used to trigger an action in the future—say, an agenda your Executive wants you to give to him on the day of a meeting two weeks from now. You take the agenda and put it in the file that has the date of the meeting on it. So, if the meeting is on the 21st of this month, put the agenda in the folder labeled 21.

2017 59

7 Agenda Items for Your Writing Group’s First Meeting

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 7 Agenda Items for Your Writing Group’s First Meeting. This is the third post on our series about writing groups. You can read the first one here and the second one here. Now, you’ve done it. You’ve launched a writing group, or you’re about to. What now? It’s time to organize. Here’s what to do at the first meeting: 1. Break the Ice.

It's Time to Figure Out When Your Boss is Lying

On The Job

Without it, you’re at the mercy of a manager who may have his own agenda and may not be committed to your success. There are common lies that many people tell, whether it’s about receiving an email or how much they love your new haircut (they actually hate it).

2016 69

5 Life Hacks To Become A Productivity Star

Dumb Little Man

Apparently, wearing the same thing every day could also help, but that’s not on our agenda today. Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then. The thing you always have to remember when it comes to being productive, regardless of the context: you got to have a clear mindset. Clarity of thoughts, needs, of the objectives you have to attain.

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Study: Positive Energy Boosts Productivity, Morale

On The Job

No, it's not even on the agenda," Cameron says. "So It's always a little tough going back to work after a long holiday weekend, but a new study shows that your boss's attitude may make all the difference in your how you feel about work now and in the future.

2016 71

When “Start” Begins to Creep into Your Writing

Office Dynamics

Example 2: Start making an agenda for the meeting. Better: Make an agenda for the meeting. This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips that help you write like a pro. Do you have a habit of frequently starting a sentence with the word “start” or “begin”?

2016 98

Looking Forward in 2011

Laughing all the Way to Work

The new year is a good time to bring up the Look-Forward Agenda. The Look-Forward Agenda is very helpful for this. It is basically a list of items that are regularly dealt with throughout the year and provides a timetable of when these items need to be added to the agenda. These items are put on the agenda to make the decision on what date we will have it and who will arrange it. Happy New Year everyone!

How to Be More Productive When You're Crazy Busy

On The Job

2 nd gear: You take time to connect with family and friends without an agenda or pressure to work or be productive. If you’re not able to self-regulate – to shift gears when necessary – then you may find yourself burned out and unproductive.

2016 63

Ten tips on preparing board papers

Practically Perfect PA

Then add the number of each board paper to the correlating agenda item. The agenda, action list and previous minutes should be the first three papers in a board pack.

2014 73

3 Cases of Missing Commas

Daily Writing Tips

These factors make it hard for management to decide what to communicate to directors given the board’s crowded agenda. The presence or absence of a single punctuation mark can create confusion or ambiguity about the meaning of a sentence.

Are you compliant with your software licensing?

The Small Business Blog

In the day-to-day running of a modern business, IT is now omnipresent, so it makes sense that managing, controlling and protecting a company’s software assets is also high on the agenda. Are you compliant with your software licensing? Software Asset Management is one way to do this, and most businesses should seriously consider the implementation…

Why Do Administrative Teams Have So Much Drama?

Office Dynamics

I find that gossip usually focuses on other people’s intentions, motives, hidden agendas, or secret activities. On a recent webinar, Joan noticed a question that caught her attention: Why do so many administrative teams have drama? She asked me to weigh in on this topic and I jumped at the opportunity. The question of why is interesting, and I’ve found there are several reasons for workplace drama. But first, let’s talk about what that word really means.

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4 Tips for Running Effective Meetings

Ian's Messy Desk

Use the Agenda Effectively. The agenda is effectively the to-do list for the meeting. Using an agenda focuses the meeting, and provides a guide for keeping discussion on-track. Image via Wikipedia. Meetings can be effective ways of sharing information or reaching a decision.

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

Each of the agenda items underlined and listed with details on what was decided, what was accomplished and the action points to take forward (with the initials of the person responsible for the action). Unless it is relevant to the key agenda points leave this dialogue out of the minutes.

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Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

The agenda. The Committee chair will normally finalise the meeting’s agenda but you can certainly help by drafting the initial version. Every agenda should have the following details: The name of the Committee meeting. Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings.

Small Business Support For An Enterprising Nation

The Small Business Blog

Supporting small business, in their entrepreneurial endeavors has to come high on anyone’s agenda. In the UK 500,000 new businesses start every year, these businesses are of vital importance to the British economy, the nation of enterprise. The UK, as an enterprising nation, small business support is the best way to reduce the five year…

How to Have Better Meetings Right Now

On The Job

When you have less than 10 minutes to go: Identify where you are in the agenda. Never leave major talking points at the end of the agenda. JP: It can be a challenge, but write a name next to each item on the agenda and set a time limit for speakers.

A day in the life: Andrea Ellaway, Assistant to the CEO of Shoosmiths LLP

Practically Perfect PA

My task list is next on the agenda and I re-prioritise commitments if required. What are the main aspects of your role?

2016 61

BCG, Sodexo and Mercer on 2017 Global Trends

Small Business Labs

Their 2017 Talent Trends report covers 4 broad trends: Growth By Design:  Driving a bold change agenda. Somebody forgot to tell BCG, Sodexo and Mercer that trends season runs from November to January.

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Shorter, More Effective Meetings

Office Dynamics

As a result, if the person who called the meeting hasn’t put out a clear agenda, or verbally told you what the purpose is, you need to contact him or her and ask. Send out an agenda far enough in advance for participants to prepare.

2013 108

8 Ways to Make Meetings Better

On The Job

If blowhards are shut down, if agendas and time limits are strictly enforced and if people are free to skip gatherings on topice that don't involve them, then meetings wouldn't get such a bad rap, says Petz, a motivational speaker and author of Boring Meetings Suck (Wiley, $22.95).

Create Real Team “Feel” with Virtual Team Meetings

Step It Up VA Coaching

Have an agenda. Have each team member come to the meeting with a written list of agenda items and give each one a chance to share their positives, their concerns, and their questions. Reserve one agenda item just for celebration and praise! Uncategorized multi-VA multi-VA team team team agenda team building team meetings team morale virtual assistant virtual assistingby Donna Toothaker. Do you run a multi-VA business? Are you on the same page as your VAs?


Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

The agenda. The Committee chair will normally finalise the meeting’s agenda but you can certainly help by drafting the initial version. Every agenda should have the following details: The name of the Committee meeting. Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings.

The ultimate guide to diary management

Practically Perfect PA

Agenda / meeting purpose. When responding to diary appointments everyone should provide you with an agenda or purpose for the meeting.

2014 117

Whose meeting is it anyway?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Do you ever get a meeting request and an agenda has not been provided, or if it is a teleconference the call-in details have not been given or the boardroom hasnt been booked for an internal meeting?

So you’ve been asked to organise an event… now what?

Practically Perfect PA

The agenda. A pre-event agenda should look something like this: What is the purpose of the event? Remember this agenda is for your first meeting, you will have more detailed discussions as the process moves forward. How often do you organise events?

2013 51

6 Ways to Ensure Meetings Don't Suck

On The Job

Eventoff advises: • A call-to-action agenda. It''s not enough to have a general agenda that gives the meeting time and who will attend. I recently was asked if I would run for a community board position. I declined with a polite, "No, thank you." The reason?

2013 71

Working with a boss who has never had an assistant before

Practically Perfect PA

Write the first agenda for this meeting and make sure the first point of conversation is on the structure of your 1-2-1 meetings. Working for a new Executive who has never had an assistant before can be a tricky situation to find yourself .

2015 103

The One Productive Weekly Meeting You're Not Having (But Should)


Set an agenda. This should go without saying, but if you go into the meeting with your life partner without some sort of agenda then you''re setting yourself up for an unfocused session. I''m not fond of meetings.

Hyphen Puzzles

Daily Writing Tips

Pro self sustaining agenda. Pro self sustaining agenda. I might write “pro-self-sustaining agenda” or “pro self-sustaining agenda.” A reader sent me six phrases and asked how I would hyphenate them: 1. Anti money laundering laws. Non English speaking students.

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

Each of the agenda items underlined and listed with details on what was decided, what was accomplished and the action points to take forward (with the initials of the person responsible for the action). Unless it is relevant to the key agenda points leave this dialogue out of the minutes.

2012 68

5 Powerhouse Strategies for Creating Administrative Peer Power

Office Dynamics

Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity.

2016 99

How to make for a greener office environment

The Small Business Blog

Even if saving the planet is not as high on your agenda as keeping your business running on a day-to-day basis, going green can have a number of measurable benefits. Many businesses are keen to do their bit for the environment and run a greener operation.

Here’s What I Do At This Time Of Year

Office Organization Success

And don’t forget … if having a practice full of clients is on your agenda for 2015, then register for next week’s GET CLIENTS NOW! For those of you in the US, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

2015 23

5 Ways to Get Others to Listen to You

On The Job

Let’s say that you’re on the agenda of the next office meeting to give a brief rundown of a project you’ve been working on for several months. Do you sometimes feel like you''re wearing Harry Potter''s "cloak of invisibility" at work? No one really pays attention to you.

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