How do you keep meetings on track? Looking for tips, tools, efficiency suggestions.
This is my first post to the forum but I have read many of the other threads and have learned a lot from all of you. I'm really interested to know how you keep meetings on track. How do you reign people in when they ramble off topic or are taking up too much of the group's time on a single topic? I'd greatly appreciate any tips that you have form me. What do you and your team do to keep meetings on track and more efficient so everyone can get on with the rest of their day?
Thanks for your insight and ideas
Just wanted to express my thanks for the suggestions and ideas. Running an effective meeting really is a bit of a balancing act and developing a sense for when things should be reined in and when an off-topic ramble is productive comes with experience of a given team dynamic. mhm802, your rules list is wonderful and I have been checking my habits against it. And goncalomata -- impressed with your commitment to meeting management strategies (20 books!).
Again, thank you one and all for your insight and ideas.