David Kiger Reveals 4 Keys to Leading Effective Company Meetings

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Successful Dallas entrepreneur shares tips for business leaders so they get the most out of their meetings and boost company productivity.

David Kiger, founder and executive chairman of Worldwide Express

If the meeting leader doesn’t have a clear vision of the purpose and expected outcome, there’s little chance that anyone else will understand or value the meeting.

Like many business leaders, David Kiger, founder and executive chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express, spends nearly half of his workweek strapped in meetings. According to a survey of U.S. professionals by Salary.com, meetings were thought of as the number one office productivity killer, but they don’t have to be. Instead, they can be productive, instrumental tools that drive company success. Kiger shares more in his four tips to running a faster, smarter and more effective meeting.

1. Establish ground guidelines and facilitate open discussion.

“The attendees should know more than just the topic of the meeting,” says Kiger. “In addition to providing key information and details as to the discussion topic, as a leader you should establish guidelines for all meetings to help facilitate productive discussion. You should also encourage every employee to share responsibility in following them.”

2. Set your meeting vision and predict outcomes.

“If the meeting leader doesn’t have a clear vision of the purpose and expected outcome, there’s little chance that anyone else will understand or value the meeting,” explains Kiger. “Work everything out in advance to help show your strategic plan and demonstrate how the meeting will provide key support for that vision.”

3. Stay on point and stick to your agenda.

“Leaders who know how to run effective meetings understand that a key part of the job is leading employees in the right direction. If the meeting gets off-track, make sure to have a game plan for strategically getting back to the agenda,” says Kiger. “Your employees will appreciate completing the agenda efficiently and in a timely manner.”

4. End with strategic next steps and deliverables.

“Nothing is more frustrating than leaving a meeting with more questions than you had before. In most cases, that’s the exact opposite of what a meeting leader should aim for,” explains Kiger. “End all meetings with a review of the decisions that were reached and discuss next steps. Employees should leave the meeting knowing exactly what is expected of them and how to achieve what is expected.”

About David Kiger
David Kiger, founder and executive chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express, is a major investor and strategic advisor for a diverse portfolio of ventures including Alef Mobitech, Exos Transport Group and beGlammed. Kiger offers advice to entrepreneurs through his blogs on leadership and helping socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidKiger.

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