4 - Four Types of Meetings

Different Types of Meetings


It's assumed that everyone hates meetings at work. Why? Typically, meetings are not properly organized, they're boring, and they waste time. How does a company change this perception? In part four of this course, Patrick shares that companies should actually be having four different types of meetings. In this type of specificity, meetings are transformed into interesting and fun times during which we pour into our work. 



Because most people don’t like meetings, we assume all meetings are bad. However, the truth is that people don’t like bad meetings. When meetings are properly organized and interesting, they are productive and crucial parts of the workday.  

What is the general feeling toward meetings at your company? Why do you think this is the case?
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Problems arise when we attempt to have one meeting and accomplish everything in that block of time. Instead, we should be having four different types of meetings. 

The first type of meeting we should be having is a 5-minute daily check-in, to address specific issues of that day and build relationships. How and when could you implement the 5-minute daily check-in to your team’s routine?
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The second type of meeting is the weekly staff meeting. Here, a team reviews the week’s priorities. Do you currently do this? Why or why not? What could be eliminated from the current weekly staff meeting to increase efficiency?
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The third type of meeting is an ad hoc strategic meeting. This invites discussion on a single topic. Where might you currently be discussing work of this nature, that could be reformatted to its own specific meeting?
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The final type of meeting is the quarterly meeting, where a team pauses to slow down and reevaluate. What might be the benefit of taking time to realign with a quarterly meeting?
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When meetings become productive, efficient, and interesting, workplace productivity soars.