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Chapter 6. Meetings: Time-Wasters or Pro... > Get the Most out of Meetings You Att... - Pg. 69

Meetings: Time-Wasters or Productivity Tool? 69 When It's a Team Meeting When you are notified of the meeting, don't just enter it on your calendar and forget it until the scheduled time. It's worth taking the time to prepare for it. Keep the following points in mind before the meeting: · Study the agenda. Review the subjects that are listed. Even if you are knowledgeable about them, you still want to be sure you are up-to-date on them. Review your files so you know what's been done up to now. If pertinent, read articles in technical or trade publications that cover the matters. · If it is a new area or one with which you are not familiar, carefully study the material provided. This is too important to just give it a cursory scan and expect to pick up the details at the meeting. · Make notes on comments, ideas, or questions you have about the subjects. At the meeting · Participate. If you have comments, ideas, or questions, don't hold back. Caution: Don't just talk for the sake of talking. Make your points succinctly. · Deal with disagreements. It's likely that some other team members may disagree with your view. Don't take it personally. In responding, stick to the facts. It's a discussion, not an argument. Team Builder