By Colleen Harding
Regardless of what method of meeting fits your need, protocol for meeting is a must. It allows you to manage expectations by presenting the purpose and what is expected of each participant. Poor planning may have negative results, ultimately wasting people’s time. Time is the most valuable thing you can give someone because it cannot be replaced. Wasting someone’s time demonstrates a lack of respect and poor preparation and should be avoided at all costs.
Here are some suggestions on how to plan for a productive, professional, and positive meeting.
Managing expectations can alleviate miscommunications and be far more productive overall for everyone. Make good use of your time and others by allowing them to politely understand what is expected of everyone involved and what the overall goal is. Following a few simple guidelines can allow everyone involved to have a positive experience and be far more productive.
Colleen Harding is a protocol coach and the founder of the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol. She can be reached at (216) 970-5889 and email@example.com.
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