According to author Brian Tracy, setting deadlines increases the likelihood of success by as much as 11.5 times. Imagine the impact this number would have on meaningful meetings?
That’s great, you may say, but what is a meaningful meeting, and how can I have one of those?
Well, adopting the SMART goal framework in a business sense makes perfect sense, so how do you adapt those goals to bring about goal-driven, action-oriented meetings, while sticking to deadlines AND still getting the right message across?
Let’s take a look at the SMART goal framework in a meeting context:
Stick to the point
Most meetings have a way of getting out of hand, veering off topic and losing the point.
Measure the impact
Did we do what we said we would do? How did we implement that strategy?
Are the goals we set achievable? Do we have the resources required, and is that goal doable, given the time we allocated to it?
In order to be meaningful, a goal should relate back to your mission or vision. Otherwise, what’s the point? Meeting agendas must be relevant and relatable. The people you call into your meeting must be able to visualise your mission and pinpoint their role in achieving that mission.
Time is money
Deadlines are not always about time. We see this a lot in consulting, where the deadline given is a rate of reward, thus a monetary deadline. Achieve X to gain Y. Do it by Z and we’ll incentivise you.
Remember, we do not always need a new approach to make our meetings more meaningful. Often, you will get further by implementing a consistent approach.