Amidst all the bad press surrounding workplace meetings, there are certain scenarios in which a meeting is the better, if not the best option.
I created a simple framework to help me decide when I should have a meeting. I call it 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗥 😊
The key is to review every meeting invite and ask 4 questions; to find out if it’s DEAR.
1. Does the meeting 𝗗rive decisions through the Exchange of Information? Are opinions, recommendations, ideas, perspectives to be solicited and shared? #SaveEffort 💡
e.g. brainstorming sessions
2. Is the 𝗘ssence of the message better conveyed in a meeting? Is a meeting not just an effective but efficient ? #SaveEnergy ⚡
e.g. conflict resolution
3. Would a meeting achieve more 𝗔gile results when compared to other options? (chat, email, etc.) #SaveTime 🕒
4. Does the meeting build trust and togetherness in 𝗥elationships? 👋
Only 7% of communication is spoken. The other 93% is made up of tone (38%) and body language (55%) #SaveWords
e.g. One on One interactions, Team celebrations
If atleast one of the answers is Yes✔️, a meeting is perhaps the best option.