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The members of Connect: Professional Women's Network share simple tips to make meetings more interesting and productive. Learn more and visit the Connect group on LinkedIn at …

The members of Connect: Professional Women's Network share simple tips to make meetings more interesting and productive. Learn more and visit the Connect group on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/womenconnect.

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  • Hi, I'm a member somewhat new. I never set up any meetings myself but I think a good meeting is: To be informative about the issuses, be selective as to where it's helded (unless it's corporate). Keep client and visitor size to a minimum. Keep it professional but airy and light toward the end, everyone enjoys having fun.
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  • 1. BROUGHT TO YOU BYAdvice from the women of Connect: Professional Women’s NetworkMeeting Makeovers:How to Rally Your Team
  • 2. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 2Send an agenda in advance. It sounds basic, but it is oftenoverlooked. An agenda helps set expectations, ensures that theright people are in attendance with the right information, and helpsyou manage time during the meeting.Dawn McAvoyMarketing andCommunications Executive
  • 3. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 3Less is more. The more people you have in meetings, the higher thelikelihood that agenda items go off topic. I try to stick with inviting nomore than five people; three is better. If you absolutely need morepeople, then divide the meeting into smaller chunks.Phoebe BryantProgram Manager
  • 4. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 4Make it a catered gourmet brown bag lunch. Hungry people areagitated, they’re bad listeners and they count off the minutes untilthe meeting is over. Offering food shows that you value their time.Plus, food always creates a community feel.Elizabeth BestStrategic Marketing Director
  • 5. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 5When the discussion starts to stray, redirect the conversation bysaying, "Thats a great idea. Lets move it to “new business” so wecan get back on track with the agenda." If the meeting is almostover, you can add the topic to the next meetings agenda.Pamela E. HeywoodPartner ProgramChannel Specialist
  • 6. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 6Make sure meeting notes are sent out in a timely fashion. If actionitems are assigned, review them before you wrap up, making sureeach item has an owner and due date. Follow up on action itemsand hold people accountable.Janet SalaSenior Director,Engineering
  • 7. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 7Our team is reading Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni. Heexplains that you need to bring in drama and conflict. People areoften fearful of bringing issues to the forefront, so encourage themto do so. He compares meetings to movies: without conflict/dramaand an exciting beginning, you wont be drawn in.Dawn HargerCustomer SuccessTeam Manager
  • 8. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 8FLICKR PHOTO CREDITS:Slide 1: Derek TamSlide 3: James CridlandSlide 4: Renee S. SuenSlide 5: Scott KinmartinSlide 6: Phil RoederJoin the conversation!Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi, is anonline community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve thecareers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success.For more great insights from Connect members, check out thediscussion: Do you have any tips to make meetings better?Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect formore information and to join the group!
  • 9. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK©2012 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 9