I always look forward to check-in meetings with my clients. This picture is from a recent meeting with some of the fabulous ladies from Ohio Farm Bureau's marketing team: Amanda, Lynn and Rita. We met at one of the best meeting spots in the city (in my opinion), Fox in the Snow.
On a cool February morning, it was quite the busy and bustling environment at Fox in the Snow but as luck would have it, a table opened up for us just as we had finished placing orders of the bakery's heaven-sent pastries and coffee drinks. The environment and good company got me thinking about what makes a successful meeting. You can check out my tips below! [Disclaimer: not mentioned below are very important meeting enhancements, such as delicious food and drink.]
Five tips for a successful meeting
- Be prepared - Never walk into any meeting without an agenda. Even if you're not the person who called the meeting or you're not "expected" to contribute anything, you should always bring something to the table.
- Be present - Technology makes it easy for us to get called away by a phone call or email, or even work on a project when a meeting topic doesn't relate to us. I like to reference back to this Forbes article about why most successful people remain unplugged at meetings and tuned in to the moment.
- Meet face-to-face - It is a good idea to meet face-to-face with your clients at least once a month. When not meeting face-to-face, consider switching from conference calls to video calls. You get much more out of a conversation when you can see the other person's face.
- Get out of the office - This relates back to my post last week about how new environments can help get the creative juices flowing. Try to get out of the office with your core team at least once a month to refresh, renew and have a little bit of fun too!
- Bring one new idea - This is a meeting bonus that you can use in an effort to boost positive motivation and elevate the team around you. Think of one new idea that may improve the way you currently work together or do business in general. I've been doing this for years and a lot of my small ideas have turned into big improvements. Imagine if everyone on your team was bringing ideas for continuous improvement to your meetings...it can start with you!