Meeting Ground Rules

Adriana Girdler

How to Set Your Meetings Up for Success Something I’ve been doing for years is setting meeting ground rules. And let me tell you, I …

How to Set Your Meetings Up for Success

Something I’ve been doing for years is setting meeting ground rules. And let me tell you, I could not go back to facilitating a meeting without them! Meeting ground rules set up a meeting for success and will help you avoid problems like people coming back late from breaks, being distracted by their phones, or not being respectful of each other’s opinions. And who wouldn’t want that?

A while ago, I created a go-to poster of session rules that always help me set my meetings up for success. All the tips on it are tried and true techniques that I’ve seen consistently work to keep a meeting productive.

That’s why I thought it would be helpful to share these with you! In today’s video, we’ll go over some simple session rules and a breakdown of why they’re all important. And here’s a sneak peak of some of the reasons:

  • Setting ground rules increases respect
  • Setting ground rules helps all participants stay focused and on track
  • Having ground rules will make your meetings productive
  • Having ground rules will ensure that meeting time is spent resolving something or coming up with new ideas so that everyone can walk out with action items

I’ve never heard of a professional who doesn’t want more productive meetings. So, whether you facilitate meetings, or attend them often as a participant, you’ll want to check out these meeting ground rules so that you can incorporate them in your next meeting.

Meet me on YouTube and we’ll go over them together!


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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