12 Questions for Better Meetings


Meetings don't have to be monotonous, but ensuring they are engaging, productive, and efficient
requires answering some questions at the start.  Here are a dozen that I often draw on as a facilitator or meeting participant. 

They are not sexy.  They are not earth-shattering. What they are is useful and all too often, not a part of effective meeting design.  What else would you add to the list?
  1. Let's make sure we are clear on what success looks like for our efforts today. What is it that you think we have gathered to accomplish?
  2. What knowledge or strengths can you contribute to the work we are about to do?
  3. What do we need to know about your interests and agenda related to our work today?
  4. How are you likely to engage and participate in our discussions?  What's your style going to be?
  5. What are preferences or pet peeves you have related to meetings like this one?
  6. What support might help you make the most of our time together?
  7. What lessons from the past can inform our efforts?
  8. How do we want to handle any disagreements that might emerge?
  9. Whose opinions or perspectives are not physically represented in/by those actually present today?
  10. How do we want to capture the insights and decisions from our discussion?
  11. How will we share what happens here today, with whom, when, and how?
  12. What expectations do we have for each other?  The meeting facilitator/convener?
If you're looking for more more insight on better meetings, consider these posts:

Effective Facilitation: A Six-Pack of Favorite Resources
Scheduling Meetings is Not the Same as Planning Them

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