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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Leading Meetings: Getting Things Done and Having Fun

While at a conference recently, I attended a session entitled "Leading Meetings: Getting Things Done and Having Fun." It was led by Shelly Edwards. Edwards did not use PowerPoint, which allows us to focus on what we were discussing and not on a screen. (She did have two people take notes on flip charts.) Highlights:
  • People are either right or left brained. Left brained people are interested in content, analysis and participation. Right brained people are interested in the process, interpersonal dynamics, and organization.
  • People often think and listen differently depending on where they sit in a room.
  • There are three modes of analysis -- auditory, visual and kinesthetic (multi-processing). You need to present information in meetings that will appeal to those three modes as well as to whether people are left or right brained.
  • How do you engage the visual learner in a virtual meeting? Use online software that allows for interaction, use an instant messenger as part of the meeting, send information ahead of time.
  • What are the frustrations with a virtual meeting? Distractions, length, people being too polite or not being polite enough, not knowing each other.
  • How do people define a meeting from hell?
    • No agenda
    • No ground rules
    • Interruptions
    • People come with their own agendas
    • Unresolved issues
    • Conflict
    • People don't respect the time of the meeting
    • A few people dominate
    • Not organization
    • Presenters read their PowerPoint slides
    • The leader doesn't control the meeting
  • Edwards suggested that everyone find out their learning styles. (and you might want to find out the styles of those that you meet frequently with.)
  • She noted that the person who called the meeting may not be the meeting facilitator or the note taker.
  • You might ask people to take different roles during a meeting. For example, if it is a regular meeting, ask different people to run it.
  • If you decide to use Roberts Rules, explain to people what the rules are.
  • Consider using planning worksheets to ensure that you don't forget anything when planning a meeting.
    • Planning is 80% of the total time that goes into a meeting.
    • Consider calling people before a meeting in order to remind them and get them engaged before the meeting begins.
    • Have a pre-meeting checklist.
  • She mentioned these resources:

Shelly Edwards really kept people engage during the session by using several of the techniques she discussed. She proved that a 7 a.m. meeting without food or coffee (which this was) can be fun!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Top 25 Alternatives To Venture Capital

Need to find additional funding for your business? Not sure of your alternatives to a loan or venture capital? BusinessFund.com has an article that lists 25 alternative funding sources for your business. There is an option on this list for every business, no matter how large or small.

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