Keys to Better Meetings

by Mel Hensey, (M.ASCE), Principal; Hensey Associates, Cincinnati, OH,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 2, Pg. 65-66

Document Type: Feature article


Few management or professional activities chew up as much time as meetings. There are, however, two keys to better meetings that are often overlooked. They help tap the collective wisdom of any group. The first key, suggested groundrules, begin by asking everyone to speak candidly, avoid interruptions and side conversations. They end by soliciting feedback. The second key, called process tips, enables the group to formulate a proposal, procedure, scheme or approach, and choose among a number of ideas, criteria, opinions and alternatives.

Subject Headings: Professional activities

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