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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Send a Meeting Invite

Remote work has made us re-examine our work priorities, especially when it comes to how much time we spend in meetings. We have all, at one time or another been victimised by useless meetings. We used to spend hours sitting around conference rooms, trapped in planning sessions or budget discussions that had no end in sight. Many of us can also attest to responding to meetings that were resolved in a matter of minutes.  The Read more…

Calling for an Unscheduled Meeting? — What You Need to Know

Once in a while, an urgent concern or issue in your business would require the help of a dedicated team to pool their thoughts to take action. Even if the timing might be off, it’s crucial to call on your employees as soon as possible to work on the task at hand. In order to get things moving in the right direction, your best option is to call for an urgent all-hands meeting to address Read more…

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Why Meetings Are an Important Part of Any Company’s Growth

For many small and medium-sized companies, regular meetings can seem unnecessary. However, this is not the case; having meetings is essential in keeping the momentum moving for complex projects.  Meetings can help re-establish your goals efficiently, and it does not have to be as stuffy or formal as those in a corporate setting. Here are a few reasons why assemblies matter to your company’s growth and tips on how to run team meetings effectively. Meetings improve Read more…

How to make remote meetings worth your time

While virtual meetings provide convenience, most people did not imagine that they would become the standard. Nobody could have predicted that we would be highly dependent on video conferencing platforms to conduct business on a day-to-day basis. Even companies that previously ran some, if not most of their meetings online were in for an adjustment period. Nearly overnight, people have had to adjust to transacting and coordinating with colleagues and clients with absolutely no face Read more…

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5 Ways You Can Transform Your Workplace Meeting Culture

Data-driven insights are the key to successful strategies. To ensure that your plans work and that you run effective meetings, you need a deep understanding of your company’s performance, how it stacks against external factors and trends. Data-driven review meetings should be part of every company’s strategy, especially for quarterly or annual performance checks. Here are five factors that significantly affect the outcome of discussions and how productive they turn out to be for the company. Read more…

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Hosting a Successful Remote Meeting — A Quick Guide

Meetings have always had a bad reputation for a variety of reasons. They rarely start on time, and when they do, it isn’t uncommon to notice that the entire conversation could have been successfully communicated via email. Someone almost always ends up dominating the conversation, with little to no time left for other voices to be heard. Discussions also often get off course, and in due time, the team loses focus and begins to scribble Read more…

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4 Important Tips and Tricks to Reducing Meeting Times

It is not uncommon for a business or company to host long meetings regularly out of habit. Some do it monthly, others do it weekly, and in some terrible cases, some companies feel they have to have daily meetings. And while meetings are sometimes a necessary aspect of conducting business, doing it out of habit without intention and proper planning; might make it unproductive and inefficient. We’ve all experienced workplace settings with managers and superiors Read more…

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3 Important Strategies to Making Meetings Shorter and More Efficient

Meetings are among the most dreaded parts of any work environment, as the average person can spend 23 hours a week in meetings over the course of their lives—nearly 15% of an employee’s precious time. And while often perceived as a necessary evil in the operations of any business or enterprise, meetings are more likely to hamper productivity than they are to promote it. Meetings do not have to be this bad. A meeting, executed Read more…

4 Reasons for Regular Meetings

Regular meetings should be critical for any business and especially remote teams. Meetings are the driving force behind the best companies. They are where the magic happens. We make critical decisions, collaborate on new ideas, think up new strategies, deal with emergencies, solve company problems; the list goes on. It is crazy that there are people in business who don’t look forward to meetings, or want to have less of them. They find them a Read more…

Agenda Item Types

When creating your own agendas Thena will ask you to select the Type of agenda item for each stage of the meeting from a drop-down menu. Here’s a short guide on the options and how to use them: Normal – The most basic agenda round. There are no mechanics or opportunities to add content to this phase. We use it for our Icebreaker at the start of each meeting. Announcements – Use this to give Read more…