Words of Advice: Effective Meetings


In many ways, meetings are a necessary evil; you need them to make sure your whole team is on the same page, but they tend to be a major time sink if you don’t manage them carefully. Here’s some advice on effective meeting management from some SBIers who have done it before. 

“We set meeting times well in advance to minimize the number of no-shows and late arrivals.” – Ginny Lee, Civil Engineering Major, 2013

“Determine an agenda beforehand so you can stay on track. If you have a clear sense of what you want to accomplish in the meeting, it will be a lot faster.” – Janine Perri, English, History, and Honors Triple Major, SBI 2012

“We made a list of things we wanted to get done at each meeting, and scheduled our meetings for times that we only had a set period of availability for. That way, we knew we had to get everything done.” – Joe Lenz, Economics Major, SBI 2013

“Keep each other in check. Last night could have been really fun, but leave the stories for your FB status, because procrastination is not for meetings!” – Christine Fossaseca, Computer Engineering Major, SBI 2013

“Google Docs and similar programs are great for organization.” – Nick Holden, History Major, SBI 2013

“Delegate the work among your partners. No team wants to be the last one done or the group who did a bad job.” – Joe Steadman, Political Science and French Double Major, SBI 2013

“We would take mini-breaks in between our meetings, just to make sure we didn’t get too bogged down and our ideas stayed fresh throughout the meeting.” – Domenico Cricchio, Political Science and Italian Double Major, SBI 2012

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