No one likes wasting time in meetings, but it happens. To spend your time more efficiently, it helps to have a plan in place. Use this checklist to make sure your next meeting is more productive.
The folks at Harvard Business Review (HBR) created a thorough "Meeting Preparation Checklist" that includes a series of questions you should ask before scheduling a meeting. The image above offers a sample of some of these questions.
Some of them require brainstorming, and HBR gives tips for those items. For example, when you develop a preliminary agenda, you're basically creating an outline for the meeting. This includes a brief intro and a summary of the steps at the end. List the points you want to cover and how long you expect to devote to each of them.
Yes, it takes also time to prep for a meeting. But it's worth it if it helps the meeting remain focused and productive. Neglect preparing and you could end up wasting a lot more time. For the full checklist, head to the link below.