An effective agenda is one of the best ways to keep your staff meetings on track and beneficial. Use a meeting template to make each agenda easier to create.

  1. Decide how items qualify for the agenda. Do you decide what’s on the agenda or can others make requests? If others can suggest items, you’ll need a process that includes criteria for what makes and doesn’t make the cut.
  2. Limit the number of agenda items. Meetings that run long risk losing the attention of attendees. Err on the side of including fewer items than you think you can get to, and set a time limit for each item.
  3. Have an action or purpose attached to every item. When you add an agenda item, decide whether it’s there to prompt discussion, share insights, seek input, or come to a decision.