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Setting an Agenda

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This eBook explains how a well-written agenda will keep your meeting on track and ensure that attendees are properly prepared.
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Preface
Content

An agenda represents far more than simply a list of items that need to be discussed. In fact, a well-planned agenda is the foundation for a productive meeting and has five distinct purposes, each of which has implications for organizational efficiency and for maintaining good relations with your co-workers and team members.

This eBook explains how to incorporate the five purposes of an agenda, as well as arranging your individual items effectively with realistic timescales for each one so your meeting aim is achieved.

An agenda represents far more than simply a list of items that need to be discussed. In fact, a well-planned agenda is the foundation for a productive meeting and has five distinct purposes, each of which has implications for organizational efficiency and for maintaining good relations with your co-workers and team members.

You will learn:

  • Why you should always insist that a meeting is run to an agreed agenda.
  • The five distinct purposes that are served by a successful agenda.
  • How to incorporate all of these into any agenda that you develop.
  • How to arrange individual items and allocate realistic timescales.
  • How each item for discussion should be specified.
  1. The Purpose of an Agenda
    1. Decision Tool for Invitees
    2. A Guide to Aid Attendees to Prepare
    3. Provides a Structure for the Meeting
    4. An Aid to Controlling the Meeting
    5. A Measure of Success or Failure
  2. Designing an Agenda
    1. What Should an Agenda Item Look Like?
    2. Scheduling Meeting Breaks
    3. Agendas for Short Meetings
  3. Summary
  4. References
About the Author

Paul Newton

Paul Newton has worked in IT and Project management for over 30 years and has also developed several internet based enterprises. He was a co-founder and director of ITT Ltd where he was responsible for the development and marketing of software-based management training tools. Clients included Microsoft, IBM, Pfizer, Sun Microsystems, UK National Health, Ministry of Defence, Barclays and many other internationally known organisations.

Prior to that, he worked as an IT consultant specialising in developing IBM mainframe software for many of the company's clients including: Rockwell, Severn Trent Water, SWEB, SWALEC, and Eagle Star Insurance.

He also owns www.psychometric-success.com, a leading provider of practice aptitude tests. This website helps over a million people per year to pass job selection tests including: numerical, verbal, abstract, spatial and mechanical reasoning tests. It has 16 free practice tests available to download - visit www.psychometric-success.com.

You can contact him at paul@free-management-ebooks.com, paul@psychometric-success.com or via his personal blog www.pcnewton.com.