Meetings must have meaning, clearly define the purpose

A MEETING is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost. - Unknown

Meetings can be time stealers in your business life.

They can also be extremely productive, and without them, team decisions, client interactions and a range of other collaborative forums would not be possible.

For a meeting to be successful, it must be preceded by an agenda, and most importantly … a purpose.

Any meeting that does not have a purpose is doomed to failure.

At the end of the meeting, you will not know whether the meeting has been a good use of your time, if you cannot answer the question: "Did we have a purpose for the meeting, and did we achieve if?".

Guess what, it is not only meetings that should have a purpose.

Everything you do in business and in life for that matter, should have a clearly defined purpose. You should know why you are doing things, and what you are trying to achieve.

Or, as with meetings, you will spend time and effort on projects or endeavours where you are not able to objectively determine if they were successful in achieving a predefined outcome.

Starting with a purpose is a new approach for some, though it is not a new concept.

You should start with your life, and have a purpose for "why you are here".

You can then cascade that down to the different elements in your life, such as your family, your finances, your business and even your leisure time (and your meetings).

But, what is a purpose? How do you define it?

Put simply, it is a goal, an objective, an outcome, even a direction or a vision.

Philosophically, it is a guiding principle for how you want to act and how you want to be remembered.

If it is your life's purpose that you trying to define, just ask yourself how you want people to remember you after you pass on.

Or think about the dash in between your birth date and your end date, and think about how you want to use that dash.

After all, it is not the dates that count, but the dash, and what you do with it.



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