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Using Standard Agendas

The team’s work process may cover one meeting or multiple meetings, depending on the work to be accomplished. The agenda, or process, must be designed to achieve the purpose and must take into account the other three Ps—the product, participants, and probable issues.

For example, if the team’s purpose is to streamline the hiring process, you might use a “process improvement” agenda. If the product you are trying to create is a plan for a program, you might use a “project planning” agenda. If the key to the session is to resolve a particular issue, you might use an “issue resolution” a...


Once you’ve established your meeting’s purpose and objectives, it’s time to create an agenda—the roadmap for your meeting. Learn why it’s important to craft a formal agenda and exactly what items you need to include. Also discover how you can save time by customizing your agenda from standard agendas developed for different types of meetings.

You’ll notice a reference to "SMART facilitators." SMART is an acronym for the author’s facilitation method, "Structured Meeting and Relating Techniques." Click on the link to the source book if you’d like to learn more about this approach.