You’ve prepared the meeting agenda and presentation materials and secured all the necessary participants. But how do you keep the meeting on track when a few bad apples threaten to throw your meeting off track? Here is how to swiftly and professionally handle disruptive meeting attendees.
Set boundaries in advance
Establish yourself as a leader who understands and respects all attendees’ attention and energy. In addition to starting and ending every meeting on time, Charlie Hawkins, author of Make Meetings Matter, says to create the agenda based on priority so that everyone in the room can clearly see the purpose of the meeting from its start. An agenda also serves as a tool to help you guide topics appropriately when conversations go awry. As you distribute it, explain that various points will be addressed and discussed based on their priority on the list. Explain how much interaction you expect and that lengthy discussi...(register to read more)