Whether you attend meetings organized by you or scheduled by someone else, you can help guide the meeting to a successful and timely conclusion, or find out if you're actually needed in the discussions, by asking certain questions. To direct your meeting to a more valuable and less time-consuming direction, try asking these questions:

  • What is our agenda for this meeting?

  • What are we hoping to accomplish by the end of the meeting?

  • What action point do you want me to record?

  • Whom do I assign this to?

  • What time frame should we attach to this?