Do’s and Don’ts for Team Meetings

Jonathan Saar from “The Training Factor” shares these 10 “Do’s and Don’ts for Team Meetings:


1.  Look for opportunities to praise every team member

2. Allow everyone to express his thoughts on agenda items

3.  Create specific guidelines for how the team will implement agenda items

4. Create healthy and realistic goals for your team.  Help them have something to look forward to as a result of the agenda items outlined.  Having goals increases productivity

5. Use visual aids to assist with agenda items.  Using print material, white-boards, projectors and other items will greatly assist with overall retention of key agenda items.


1. Single out the failures of any one team member

2. Insert random items that are not on your agenda.  Your team will not be prepared for the item and this will inhibit the productivity of the meeting.

3. Use “air statistics”.  In other words, do not make statements as if they were facts, pulling them from thin air. This is especially important when referring to the competition.  Offering “made-up” facts discredits reputation.

4. Go overtime on an agenda item. Stick to the allotted time for each section.

5. Develop an “I” problem.  Always be selective in your word choice so that the meeting’s overall aura is positive and fosters a sense of team spirit.


Submitted by: Chuck Keortge     July 2012

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