Make Sure You Have These 7 Items on Your Next Meeting Agenda

Are you planning a meeting at work?Woman writing on a chalkboard and the phrase, 7 Items You Need on Your Next Agenda

Do you want to make sure everything runs smoothly, and seamlessly?

In this post, I offer a few items you may want to add to your meeting’s agenda.

These items will allow you to keep track of time during the meeting, as well as have a handy record of what took place during the meeting itself.

Meeting name

Every meeting agenda should include the name of the meeting to take place.

Not only does this make sense for planning purposes, it also helps to reduce confusion.

Who wants to sort through half a dozen agendas in order to find the one they need?

Date and time of the meeting

Be sure to the list the full date (day, month, and year) of your meeting, as well as the hours in which the meeting is to take place. If you’re really keen about details, you may want to include the meeting location, such as a conference room, or company campus, for future reference.

Specific agenda items

A meeting is no time for vagueness: you want to be able to cover a specific item on the agenda, and then move on. For example, if you were planning a summer block party in your neighborhood, you’d do well to forgo “Plan block party” from your agenda, in lieu of more detailed items, such as “Vote on theme for party,” or “Brainstorm food shopping list.”

Amount of time for each agenda item

Keep your meeting on track by listing out a specific amount of time for each agenda item. Not only will you know how long each agenda item should take, everyone else present at the meeting will too! This technique also helps you to better plan the meeting. If you know you only have one hour for a meeting, it obviously wouldn’t be a good idea to have half an hour of introductions. In this case, three to five minutes would probably suffice.

Name next to each agenda item

Add the name of the person who is presenting, covering, leading, or reporting on a specific agenda item. It allows both meeting organizers and participants to know exactly who will be covering what in a meeting. Plus, it serves as a simple checklist to make sure all the presenters are actually present at the meeting.

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Meeting introduction

Besides being a social courtesy, a meeting introduction helps to both welcome and prepare meeting attendees for what’s to come. You can easily remind attendees about the meeting’s aims, goals, and presenters, as well as take care of any housekeeping issues, such as asking attendees to switch off, or silence their electronic devices.

Meeting wrap-up

For every beginning, there is an end. A wrap-up session adds a nice bit of closure to any meeting. You can use this time to reinforce ideas, concepts, takeaways, or decisions made during the meeting.

How about you? Are there any items you find helpful to have on a meeting agenda? Join the conversation and leave a comment below! 

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.