One of the chief complaints we hear from leaders is, “Why do we waste our time in so many meetings?” It’s a fair question, especially if the meetings are full of drama. When teams allow drama to invade their interactions, people become scattered. They’re busy, but not productive. They waste time and energy rehashing the same information over and over again. It’s time to stop the madness! We feel your pain.
Because we know exactly how you feel, we developed the 2-R Drama-Free Meeting System™ to save leaders time and money in their interactions. Whether it’s a coaching meeting, sales meeting, company-wide meeting or even a meeting with a customer, applying the Drama-Free Meeting System eliminates the fog of drama. Our clients report, clarity and confidence increase as a result of implementing our method. And, it’s the teams with the greatest clarity that produce the best outcomes.
The 2R Drama-Free Meeting System™
- Reason: Why are we meeting?
The goal is to be upfront and get everyone on the same page at the beginning of the meeting. In fact, there are times that team members, when they discover the why, excuse themselves from the meeting. Knowing the why, helps you identify the participants. This alone saved one client over 20 hours in one month! Is it a brainstorming meeting? An update meeting? A strategy meeting? Why are we meeting?
Determining the why focuses the conversation. The teams with the strongest focus move at the fastest pace. If you wish your teams accomplished more in less time, the culprit could be a lack of focus. Without focus, meetings veer off into unrelated topics. Without a reason, they enter into the fog of drama. Focusing on why you’re actually meeting will eliminate the tangents. The meetings aren’t the time wasters, the tangents are.
- Result: What is our next step?
Indecisiveness is a meeting killer. If there is no action step moving forward, then often the meeting becomes a waste of time. One of the chief motivation killers is having meeting after meeting rehashing the same information without any forward progress. Feeling a sense of progress helps people stay engaged. When they feel there is no forward momentum, team members get discouraged. If it happens often enough, they quit but stay. Inside they’ve given up, but they stay on the team. This is where most of the drama flows from.
To keep projects moving forward simply answer the question: What’s our next step? Without a deadline, it’s just a dream. And for most organizations, it’s a daydream! When people daydream nothing gets done, we just hope. Hope is not a strategy. Strategy involves action.
Increase the quality of your meetings, and you’ll increase the speed of your results.
You can do it!