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A project management meeting

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John: Thanks, everyone, for coming to this project meeting. I know we're all working cross-functionally on this project, but so far the key stakeholders are really pleased with how it's going. This project will really benefit our overall value proposition and the company as a whole.

Akiko: Thanks, John. It's an important project. It's good to be collaborating on this together.

Matteo: Yes, it's important, but we're all so busy with our regular jobs. It'll be difficult to fit things in.

John: It's OK, Matteo. We'll work it out. I know that you all have a lot on at the moment, combining this project with your regular jobs.

Barbara: So, what do we need to do, and by when?

John: Good questions, Barbara. We have a number of key deliverables to discuss so it's essential we're all in agreement about roles and responsibilities and also the timelines we're working to.

Akiko: Great.

Matteo: Yes, it's good to get this clear.

John: So, the first thing we need to do is design the customer survey questionnaire. In my experience, this is best done through an online survey tool.

Akiko: That sounds like a great idea. I'm glad you have experience with this.

John: Yeah, we've done something similar on previous projects.

Matteo: So will you do that, John?

John: I'd love to but I'm already tied up managing this project, and my line manager, Kate, has agreed that I should focus on the timelines, reporting and financial management. I'd like Akiko to lead on the questionnaire. You learned about this on your marketing and PR course, didn't you?

Akiko: Yeah, happy to take it on.

John: Thanks, Akiko. Next thing is we need the new designs finalised. Matteo, you said you could do this in a couple of weeks, right?

Matteo: Yeah, I know, but that was last month, and then nothing happened. I'm overloaded at the moment and my line manager won't be happy if I don't hit my targets. Sorry, but this project has to take lower priority.

John: Hmm. I see. I can understand the challenge you're facing. I've been in that situation before. So, what can we do to help you hit those targets and free up some time?

Matteo: That's a good question. If I could get a slight reduction in my targets, I could use the extra time that would create to finish the designs for this project.

John: OK. We might not be able to get your targets reduced, but I'll see what we can do.

Barbara: How about if I support Matteo there? I know his job well and I have some capacity at the moment. I can help him meet his targets so he can free up some time to finish the designs for this project.

Matteo: Could you, Barbara?

John: Hmm. I'm not sure if it's fair to ask Barbara to be supporting Matteo in his regular job so he can work on this project.

Barbara: It's up to you, but I'm happy to support Matteo with his regular work, just for a couple of weeks so he can create the designs. He's the only one with the expertise.

John: Yeah, you're right. OK, thanks a lot, Barbara. I appreciate it. Matteo, would that work for you?  

Matteo: Yes, that would work. Thanks. OK, you've made it easy for me to say yes.

John: OK, then that's settled. Thanks, both. I really appreciate your help in this. So, can you get them done by the end of the month?

Matteo: Yes, that should be no problem.

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From my point of view, a well design meeting should consist of two things. Firstly, appropriate team members that are motivated to contribute without being selfish. Secondly, a leader to the team who is adequate to fairly collect all the ideas in order to avoid and ambuiguity around the team. It's the leader's duty to convene everyone in a way that each one could be efficient. In the end, if the team couldn't reach a consensus, it is also the leader's job to prevent any fuss between the members.

Meetings that are effective are expected to be held in all formal settings for the purpose of brainstorming on how to achieve the stated goals. Such meetings should have agenda which will be the centre of discussion among members of staff involved. One of those agenda is reading of past minutes where many comments would be entertained before adoption. Also, all members of the organization should have been sent a formal notice either by mail or other correspondence adopted in the organization a week before the fixed date detailing what will be discussed, the time and the venue. This will give everybody an opportunity to think ahead and they will be able to proffer solutions to various challenges. Lastly, on the meeting day, the Chairman and the secretary should be on seat at the right time as they must lead by example. This will motivate other members to be time conscious. All these highlighted points will assist a meeting to be effective.

A professional meeting is usually organised in order to conclude important agreements , and to make the best decisions for a company . This reason the manager or the person charged to lead the meeting should be aware of performances of each member in his team , more than that he is supposed to be a good speech maker to ensure that every one presents his point of view and collect all ideas to bring out the most brilliant and convenient ones . The main tip that to make a successful meeting is to build respect and confidence between team's members , because if there is a positive between them , the meeting becomes a fertile ground to create and bring up new perspectives and increasing the company's productivity .

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I have a few tips to share. First, I think that the members in the meeting should have the complete details about the project, and they should be certain about the goals that they want to achieve . Plus, I think its important to have a moderator to divide the work in the team in a way where they do not get lost. And lastly, every member should be cooperative, and they should offer ideas and share there opinions, which could help to improve the project that they are discussing in the meeting .

I feel having a define point of view is important. And the anchor must try to be liberal

Hi,
this is Diego.
I would certainly say Matteo is a great asset not only for the team and the specific project in which he is involved but also for the entire company.
His unique knowledge among other colleagues, is not good for the company. He could get sick and nobody else would be able to accomplish the goal in which he was involved. Moreover, he could also need help in achieving a specific task.
Finally, the company would be in trouble in case he would quit for a new job experience.

I think before general meeting it is important to provide all the attendees with clear agenda and inform about goals and purposes of meeting. Attendees should be provided with proper training and follow up instruction of how to contribute to common goal of meeting. It is vital to ensure that projects assignments are distributed based on expertise of meeting participants. It is coordinator's role to make sure that right persons and right amount of people attending the event.

By the way, is there another workspace where we someone checks and corrects our answers? Secondly, I do not receive any notification when someone comments on my publication. Is there another platform to work?

I think before general meeting it is important to provide all the attendees with clear agenda and inform about goals and purposes of meeting. Attendees should be provided with proper training and follow up instruction of how to contribute to common goal of meeting. It is vital to ensure that projects assignments are distributed based on expertise of meeting participants. It is coordinator's role to make sure that right persons and right amount of people attending the event.

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