10 Tips to Improve Your Meetings

by Pat Sanaghan (The Sanaghan Group)

Most meetings simply don't work and are a waste of precious time. Unfortunately, many higher education leaders spend much of their professional lives in these unproductive meetings. Higher education runs on thousands of daily meetings including committees, task forces, departmental meetings, and so on.

When was the last time you participated in an engaging, productive meeting where you felt that it was a great use of your time and attention? When’s the last time you looked at your meeting calendar and said to yourself, “I am really looking forward to Tuesday’s committee meeting!”

Here are 10 practical tips for improving your meetings, based on Academic Impressions's powerful Meeting Diagnostic Tool (MDT):

1. To Lead or Facilitate?


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Meeting Diagnostic Tool (MDT)

Use Academic Impressions's Meeting Diagnostic Tool (MDT) to assess the effectiveness of your regular meetings and identify the specific factors that either help or hinder your meetings.

The MDT goes beyond looking at the nuts and bolts of an effective meeting and looks at the process of a meeting. That is where the real challenges lie. You might find that meeting participants rate some of these elements quite low. It is difficult to fix a meeting when you don't know exactly what needs “fixing.” This tool uniquely uncovers both what is working and what isn't; allowing you to build on your strengths and identify opportunities.