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Action items. Who will do what by when? End the meeting with "What I heard was (who) will do (what) by (when)?" That summary is powerful and oriented to getting the next step done. If any element isn't defined, this forces the conversation. If you can't walk away from a meeting with a clear set of action items, the meeting probably wasn't worth having.

Christopher Scott

Here is one that came to mind today:

If you serve food, make sure that it is served before the meeting begins. Nothing will distract a guy more than the jelly of a Crispy Creme donut squirting out onto his brand new pants! :-)


Here's my tip:-

Design a realistic agenda and stick to it rigidly in all but the most exceptional circumstances

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