You've called a meeting. The agenda is full of important items. Everyone needs to be there. You're fully prepared, picked the right room, worked out the kinks in everyone's schedule. You've even brought in refreshments. And you're confident in your role as moderator, ready to make the discussion as productive as possible. Are you set?
Almost. You need to be prepared for the fact that meetings seem to bring out the worst in some people. If your meetings are like most, your control of things will be challenged sooner or later by one of these common "meeting monsters"--the strong personality types that can derail your efforts.
Here's a field guide to common "monsters" and how to tame them:
The preacher. A dyed-in-the-wool supporter of a particular viewpoint, determined to extol the virtue of her ideas--whether it's appropriate or not. What to do: Give praise for her enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject. Agree that everyone w...(register to read more)