1. Respect your team and let them know about the meeting a week or two in advance. Respect their time and be sure the meeting begins and ends on schedule.
2. Prepare an agenda in advance so your team can give some thought to the topics and make solid contributions to the meeting.
3. Keep your meetings engaging by welcoming all input and feedback — after all it is a meeting – not a seminar.
4. Ask for agenda items from your attendees to ensure their topics are also addressed and proper time is scheduled to cover all issues or concerns.
5. Set the right TONE. Add a splash of humor, share an inspirational quote, or ask your attendees to share something positive that has transpired over the past week. Begin the meeting by opening up on a positive note and set the tone for the rest of the meeting.
6. Create an environment where sharing is encouraged. Trust your employees enough to share the happenings within your firm. Many times, this can help you solve challenges because they see things from a different perspective. Embrace their feedback and support. It is equally important to share the firm’s success and thank your team for their contributions.