Posts Tagged "meeting"

How To Nail The First 90 Seconds Of That Big Meeting

Posted on August 11th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

It’s your big opportunity. You’ve been invited to join your boss for a major meeting–with upper management, or maybe with an important client. You’re the expert this time around, the eyes-and-ears-on-the-ground who’s here to share some insights from the front lines. Do that well, and you know your boss will trust you with bigger responsibilities in the near future.


But you’re nervous–understandably–and you know you can’t blow your first impression with all these new and influential people. Here’s what you can do to nail it within those first 90 seconds after walking into the meeting room.

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Do these five things as soon as you walk into the room.

To Make Your Meetings More Productive, Do 1 of These 4 Things

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

If you feel like most of your meetings at work are a waste of time, the good–and bad–news is that you’re onto something. One survey found that 50 percent of meeting time is unproductive while up to 25 percent of meetings are spent on irrelevant issues. The same way we put deliberate thought into building businesses for our customers, we need to be intentional about planning meetings for their participants. A successful meeting is designed with its participants in mind.


Here are four tips for designing a brain-friendly meeting.

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The design of your meeting might be more important than the content you plan to discuss.

Master the One-on-One Meeting

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Whether you’re a CEO or a line manager, your team is just as important as a group as its members are as individuals. Today’s tech companies offer many perks to attract and retain the best employees. We offer competitive salaries, training and the promise of success—professionally and financially. But how we treat them as individuals can determine the way their DNA will impact the fabric of your organization. What are you doing, as their manager, to make sure they are satisfied and making the best contribution to your organization?


  • Whether it’s an hour a week or 30 minutes once a month, making time for an individual says you give a damn about them as a person.
  • The 1:1 is the only forum where you can have an honest, private, conversation with each other about what’s really going on—professionally and personally.
  • This is a routine opportunity for you, as a manager, to assess the parts (your employees) that lead to the productive whole (your team)—which we all know is more powerful than the sum of said parts.

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The one-on-one meeting between supervisor and staff is an invauable tool for managing, but requires much attention to detail.