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No meeting is ever an end in itself. Meetings form part of an ongoing cycle in the lives of managers and organisations. Meetings result in actions, which provoke change, which itself must be evaluated, calling for new meetings.

Everybody has responsibilities after the meeting. The Chair, administrator and participants all have duties to fulfil. If we fail in our responsibilities after the meeting, all the effort that has gone into making the meeting effective and efficient will have been wasted.

The Chair: following up actions

Meetings are judged by their results. The Chair is res...


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Before and during the meeting, participants have invested time, energy and expertise in pursuit of the meeting’s purpose. What you do after the meeting is crucial to achieving a return on those investments. Review what to do next to ensure that meeting participants honor commitments and implement decisions.