Common Trait #2: Great Teams Have Great Meetings

by Steven Zyskowski

Great people are attracted to being a part of winning teams. Winning teams productively use their time together to learn how to effectively market the businesses of their fellow team members.

Characteristics I’d use to classify “great meetings”:

• They happen regularly and frequently.
• They have a shared objective (purpose), agenda and goal.
• Every member participates and/or contributes to the meeting.
• Visitors are present and invited to participate.
• Members deepen their understanding of the products and/or services provided by their fellow members.
• There are moments of good, healthy laughter … remember, just because it’s a business meeting doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
• Referrals between members are highlighted and acknowledged.
• They start and end on time.
• 80% or more of the members are present at each meeting.

Put great people onto a team that doesn’t have its meeting-act together and watch those great people leave. Whether the length of the meeting is one hour – or two hours long, or if it starts really early in the morning or in the mid-afternoon … it doesn’t really matter.

What DOES matter is that the time spent together has a true purpose and that the team accomplishes a lot during their time together.