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Chapter 15. Getting Started

To have an effective meeting, prepare and use an agenda. Without it, the meeting can turn into a gripe session or social hour. Eventually, both you and your supervisor should create an agenda together. Initially, until your boss realizes the benefits of the meeting, you may have to develop the agenda.

Meetings can be short, but they must be held regularly. To use the time most effectively, limit the discussion for each agenda item and allow no interruptions. You may want to hold your meeting in a conference room without a phone, or in your office where you can make arrangements to have the phone calls forwarded. Time is wasted when meetings are interrupted, because it takes twice as long to overcome the interruption than it takes to endure it.


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