What’s our next action?

What's our next action?

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in meetings (I bet you do, too!). If the meeting has to do with a specific project (e.g., a system selection or implementation project), there are two rules I try to adhere to as much as humanly possible:

  1. Anything that can be communicated by written word (we used to call them "memos") does not need to be covered in a meeting. Answering questions about points made in the memo is fine, but simply re-reading the actual memo itself is redundant and a waste of time.
  2. Every meeting should end with an answer to "What are our next steps?" The riskiest thing you can do is leave a meeting without everyone knowing (and agreeing to!) what is going to happen next. Even if the next step is "We're waiting on X to provide Y" it's better to state that clearly (in case X was unaware you were waiting on them!) than to assume everyone knows.

In the age of Zoom meetings, both of these rules are particularly important. Keeping meetings focused will make everyone's life more tolerable and all our meetings more productive.

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

Write it down!

December 6, 2023

Write it down! If you’re in the market for a new AMS (or any new […]

Why “weeding the garden” is so important

November 30, 2023

Why “weeding the garden” is so important One of the most important activities for maintaining […]

It’s time to stop excusing association professionals

November 15, 2023

It’s time to stop excusing association professionals I worked in associations for nearly 10 years, […]

More demos is not better

November 8, 2023

More demos is not better When I work with clients on selecting a new system, […]

The database owner should be “passionate”

November 1, 2023

The database owner should be “passionate” I’m frequently asked by my clients: “Who should we […]

Discipline is required

October 25, 2023

Discipline is required Last week I discussed the importance of taking action. To manage data […]

Action is required

October 18, 2023

Action is required Over my many years of consulting, one thing I’ve noticed about many associations […]

Some data analytics tips from the DAN “Science Fair”

October 11, 2023

Some data analytics tips from the DAN “Science Fair” Last week I had the opportunity […]

Are all your processes frictionless?

October 4, 2023

Are all your processes frictionless? I’m not a huge fan of buzzwords, but I love […]

Trends don’t need perfect data

September 27, 2023

Trends don’t need perfect data When it comes to analyzing data trends (changes in data […]

Scroll to Top