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  Monday meetings, we’ve all been there – a potential productivity sinkhole. But don’t be too anxious, with a few strategies, you can turn those weekly gatherings into a powerhouse of efficiency. Let’s break it down into simple steps, making sure your Monday meetings are not just necessary but also genuinely productive. In this article, I’ll share some practical steps to have productive Monday meetings. Read on!
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  • Purpose First

Before calling a Monday meeting, or any other meeting, define its purpose. Is it truly necessary, or could the information be shared through a report? If it’s a decision-making affair, consider direct discussions with decision-makers. Don’t let meetings become a mere information-sharing platform.
  • Craft an Agenda

A roadmap for success starts with a clear agenda. Specify what will be covered and how long each item will take. Share it beforehand so attendees can come prepared, ensuring everyone stays on track.
  • Designate a Leader

Appoint someone to steer the ship. A meeting leader ensures all voices are heard, discussions stay on topic, and time isn’t wasted wandering off course.
  • Right People, Right Roles

Productivity drops as the number of attendees rises. Invite only those with specific roles and make sure key decision-makers are present. If they can’t attend, consider rescheduling.
  • Prioritize Job Essentials

Let colleagues decline if the meeting isn’t crucial to their roles. Inviting just to fill seats is counterproductive. Consider rescheduling if many are on vacation or there’s a critical business deadline.
  • Establish Ground Rules

Maintain focus by setting ground rules. Ban distractions like phones and refreshments. If presenting, clarify when interruptions are acceptable.
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  • Clear Jargon, Please

Avoid buzzwords and ensure everyone understands the jargon, especially in diverse or cross-business meetings. Clarity is the key to effective communication.
  • Invite Feedback

Encourage participants to voice concerns or roadblocks during the Monday meeting. Seek feedback afterward on effectiveness, duration, timing, and content.
  • Embrace Innovation

Experiment with new meeting formats. Stand-up meetings can cut time by a third, and hybrid meetings allow remote attendance via video conferencing.
  • Rotate Housekeeping Duties

Eliminate bias by rotating tasks like timekeeping and note-taking. It ensures everyone contributes and feels valued.
  • Define Takeaways

End each meeting with a clear action plan. Detail follow-up tasks, assign responsibilities, and set timescales to avoid inertia and ensure objectives are met.
  • Share Post-Meeting Docs

For your Monday meetings, reinforce the value of participants’ input by sharing meeting notes and relevant documents. It serves as a reminder and makes everyone feel their contribution mattered.
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Final Thoughts

Meetings need not be a Monday burden. By incorporating these simple steps, you can transform your weekly gatherings into productive sessions that benefit everyone involved. So, let’s make those Monday meetings not just a routine but a positive and constructive start to the week.
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This article was first published on 12th February 2024 and updated on February 14th, 2024 at 11:08 am


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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