Create an agenda-building ‘cheat sheet’

  • January 24, 2012

The monthly department meeting is next week, and you've already heard from four people who want to appear on the agenda. You expect a few more to chime in. It's your...

Doesn’t anybody use Lotus Notes anymore?

  • January 05, 2012

Question: "This time of year everyone is resolving to get a handle on their calendars—and make sure managers  know about competing priorities. My question:...

When confused at a meeting, butt in

  • April 12, 2011

Speaking up in meetings to ask for clarification can be intimidating. But it’s best to summon the courage, especially if you’re the one taking formal minutes...

8 steps to a more productive meeting

  • March 07, 2011

Between vague agendas and never-ending PowerPoints, meetings have become a waste of time for many. Here’s how some “experts” structure their huddles to...

The do’s and don’ts of virtual meetings

  • January 20, 2011

Virtual meetings, whether by phone or video, have become a business staple. But virtual meetings present special challenges. How to stay professional during a virtual...

Streamline your admin meetings

  • January 04, 2011

“My senior admin recently asked us what we should discuss during our monthly admin meetings,” a reader wrote. With time at a premium, this is a good point,...

How to take smart meeting notes

  • December 01, 2010

Some of the most successful businesspeople, such as Bill Gates, are known for taking detailed, effective meeting notes. Gina Trapani, a technology writer and software...

Meeting the PayPal challenge

  • May 17, 2010

Entrepreneur Shvat Shaked, who parlayed his training as a former Israeli intelligence soldier into co-founding a cyber security firm, had the chutzpah to accept a dare...

Help! We need topics to discuss at meetings

  • November 06, 2009

Question: “What would be a few good agenda items to discuss at our next administrative professionals meeting?  No one really wants to say anything, and...

How to run more effective meetings

  • May 14, 2009

The time-waster meeting is a common fixture in offices across America. The reason, says Reid Hastie, a professor of behavioral science at the University of...

11 ways to liven up a boring meeting

  • March 16, 2009

You are in charge of a committee at work that no one seems to care about. Meeting attendance is lackluster, and those who do come rarely speak up. How can you make...

Keep meetings moving at a rapid pace

  • March 01, 2009

Team meetings often degenerate into a disorganized free-for-all. That’s because whenever you get a group together, maintaining everyone’s focus proves a...