Meetings to convey information should be different than those to get input or make decisions, which in turn should be different than those to generate breakthrough new ideas or solutions. Deliver those different outcomes with different types of meetings:
- Level One Meetings: One-way presentations to convey information.
- Level Two Meetings: Two-way conversations to get input and make decisions. Better approach to most meetings.
- Level Three Meetings: Joint sense making. Curated co-creation or problem solving.
In any case, work through context, objective, approach, connecting and impact.
If you don’t care about impact, have a cocktail party. If you do care, drive to a current best solution, decision or action steps by the end of the meeting. Then follow through to prepare for and implement the next steps in the journey.