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Not What You Think: Why I Won’t Take A Meeting Without An Agenda


Robby

People looking for jobs in Indianapolis–or looking to network in general–often ask me to sit down and chat. I try to ask for an agenda before making the appointment.

This often surprises people. They say things like “I know you are really busy” or “I know your time is valuable” before giving me a topic for our discussion.

But those aren’t the reasons I want an agenda. In fact, it’s entirely the opposite.

The real reason I try to get an agenda before taking a networking meeting is that if I can’t prepare, then there’s a good chance I’ll be wasting your time.

Wasting Time
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After all, if you want me meet with me, then you want something. If you tell me what you want before we meet, I can research your question and have an answer ready.

I might even be able to help you over email weeks in advance of when we get together.

That’s not to say everything about our conversation can be planned in advance. There is still room for spontaneous discovery and brainstorming. But if you start with a specific set of topics to discuss, we can cover more ground. The chances I can help you greatly increase.

There’s another advantage too: preparing an agenda helps you get your thoughts in order. That means you’ll be more focused and we’ll have a better conversation.

So please send me your agenda. Let me know what you want to discuss. And when we get together, we’ll have a plan for our conversation.

See you then!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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