5 Ways to Get More Done & More From Meetings
January 20, 2010 by Craig Ballantyne
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I was very impressed on Saturday morning at Joel Marion’s Transformation Domination seminar.
A young and enthusiastic trainer from Belgium named Glenn, who had previously contacted me through Facebook, tracked me down, introduced himself and proceeded to ask me 12 questions – all of which he had written down in a small journal he was carrying with him.
Talk about coming PREPARED.
And that was impressive.
He was making the most of his opportunity. Most people don’t do any preparation at all, but Glenn did, and I bet he got the most out of the weekend.
In addition to writing down specific questions you want to ask to specific experts, here are 4 other ways to be prepared…
1) Plan out your day
If your workday ends at 5pm, spend from 4:50-5:00pm planning out the next day. Write down what you are going to be doing at 8, 9, 10, 11, etc…in 15-30 minute intervals.
Doing this for a few weeks will make you exponentially more productive.
2) Have your daily to do list prioritized
Put the most important tasks at the top of the list and don’t move on to the next task until you’ve crossed the most important task off
of your list.
3) Be prepared when you go to meetings or when you make a phone call so that you get right to the point and don’t waste 5-10 minutes in idle chit-chat.
Say Hi, find out how the person is, and then get right to business.
Believe me, the person on the other end will appreciate it just as much because they are busy too.
4) When you go to a seminar, make a list of people to meet.
Let’s go back and look at what Glenn did…not only did he have a list of questions to ask a few experts, but he also had a list of all the people he wanted to meet.
He knew what info he wanted to get and he didn’t rest until he met everyone and asked all of his questions – after all, he tracked me down 3 times to ask follow up questions as well.
It’s one thing to go to a seminar or meeting, but it’s a skill to get all of the information you need from the experts you want to talk to.
So again, hats off to Glenn, and I hope that you got a few ideas on how to make meetings/seminars more productive as well as how to get more done everyday.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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