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Face-to-Face Time: Meetings With a Purpose

Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan

Face-to-Face Time:
Guarantee your next meeting is a success with these helpful strategies. Why do most people dread attending meetings? It’s largely because meetings can be poorly organized and not thought out well. Many people perceive them to be time wasters that detract from getting more important work done. However, carefully planned and orchestrated meetings can create a culture for success and teach your team the skills they need to excel in their positions.

Meetings With a Purpose
proach that since everyone knows they are required to meet either way, they might as well attend the team meeting and enjoy the company of their peers. Last, one of the most important steps we take to ensure that staff attends our meetings is to provide food. We spend anywhere from $70 to $120 to provide yummy snacks at each meeting. It’s amazing how food goes a long way in motivating our meeting attendance!

Have an Agenda
In order to make the best use of a meeting, it is important to plan ahead, be organized and know how you will spend the allocated time. Creating an agenda to help everyone stay focused ensures the meeting stays on track. At each meeting, we try to include the following topics: Social Time. During the first 5



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Sherri McMillan, MS

Sherri McMillan, MSc, has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for 30 years, and has received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 canfitpro International Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and 1998 canfitpro Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is an international fitness presenter, personal trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals, including Go For Fit: The Winning Way to Fat Loss, Fit Over Forty, and The Successful Trainers Guide to Marketing, and a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.

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