** Meeting Tip: Proper Chairing **
At some meetings, everyone talks as much as they want, and when everyone’s said all they want to say, the ‘Chair’ says “Right. Let’s move to the next item”. That's no chairing! That’s not anything.
Running a meeting requires intervention. It’s not hard; politely ask people to come to the point. Say things like “I’ll allow one more comment on this before we move on.” Ask people to take off-line any discussions which only require a couple of those present. Have some ground-rules and stick to them.
** Presentation Tip: People can Read**
Don’t have slides with many words on them.
Maybe have just the headlines, which you then expand on.
Never read out what’s on your slide. Give them a moment to read it.
** How to Clean a White Board**
Sometimes people use an inappropriate marker, by mistake, to write on a white board.
If you don’t have the correct cleaner, cleaning it with water won’t fix the problem.
- First check that you have the right marker for that white board; write a little in a low corner and then clean it with the normal cleaner for the white board. If you can clean it, it means that the marker is good for that white board.
- After using the marker, write over the text you want to clean. It should dissolve the ‘bad’ ink so
- then use the normal cleaner for the white board. It might take some time, but it can be useful in an emergency.
** Management Tip: You Get What You Want**
Managers who believe people need close supervision, so they do not skive, find their people learn to fit that mold.
Those who believe people are self-motivated and responsible have people who respond well to that assumption.
If you micromanage, you’ll find your people stop worrying about matters which they know you’ll double check anyway, so proving that your micromanagement is “necessary”.
If you think people are difficult, they will become so. If you need to believe you are smarter than others, you’ll always “find” the evidence you need. Are your assumptions about people reflected in your views of them?
/ Think positive and have a gr8 weekend !