Effective team meetings can make a massive difference to the productivity and profitability of a small firm. This article has two tips for making team meetings more effective in your firm.

Is this an effective team meeting?

The genie

A part qualified Accountant, a bookkeeper and the owner of a small accounting firm are going out for lunch (it was Christmas after all). As the sandwich shop isn’t far, they decide to walk there. On the way they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.

Me first! Me first!” says the part qualified Accountant (young, energetic and keen). ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’ The Genie clicked his fingers, there was a puff of smoke and she disappeared.

WOW I want to go next” says the bookkeeper (being older he had been a little more reserved, but was now really impressed). “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.”  Again, the Genie clicked his fingers and there was a puff of smoke – the bookkeeper disappeared.

The Genie turned round the owner and said “OK, it’s your turn, what do you wish for?

She thought for a moment, but as she loved her firm she decided not to have a dramatic life change. She said “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Let your team speak first in a team meeting!

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A better team meeting – without a genie

OK, I know you hate the idea of having team meetings, nearly everybody does. You might tell me they waste time, don’t conclude things and mean that your whole team is away from their desks (you can’t really get away with teams meetings as chargeable time).

The problem isn’t normally the meeting, but the organiser!

If you want your team to contribute to the team meeting, don’t start off by doing all the talking. The likelihood is that they will think you simply want to “lecture them”, set the meeting up so they do more talking – even though they will most likely not want to on the first few meetings.

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One size does not fit all: Having different types of meeting, of different lengths, can make a big difference. Click here for some ideas.

Enjoy your team meetings, they can really work.

Written by Jon Baker The 5-50 Coach. I help professionals grow their firms from 5 to 50 employees, sustainably, profitably and still have fun. Have you got your "next step kitbag yet"? It's stuffed with guides, reports & templates helping you grow from 5 to 50 employees Click here for immediate access

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