Bad Meeting Blues: The Signs You’re Leading a Bad Meeting

While meetings may not be particularly fun, they are a necessary part of life in any organization. People don’t like meetings largely because most of them are run so badly.

The following are some telltale signs of a bad meeting:

  • They start late. When you start a meeting late, you send the signal that the meeting isn’t important and neither is the time of everyone involved. Plus, no matter the reason, starting late always leaves you looking unprepared.
  • There is no clear agenda. A clear, written agenda is vital to any meeting. With no agenda, no one knows what’s going to be discussed. This raises the level of stress for everyone in the room. No one likes surprises—not in this context, anyway.
  • There is no direction to the discussion. Every meeting is made up of people who are more outspoken and others who are quieter. Unless there is clear direction, meetings can be dominated by the extroverted personalities in the room, while the valuable input of the introverts gets overlooked.
  • They run long. We have all been to meetings that were supposed to end at a certain time but stretched later. This shows a clear disrespect for the time of everyone involved. Every person sitting in that meeting has a busy schedule. With every minute that ticks by it is likely that some of them are becoming later and later for another commitment.
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When meetings are run badly, the leader comes off looking poorly prepared and disrespectful. Participants will assume the leader is disorganized, or at a minimum careless with the time, energy and commitments of others. Whether or not these perceptions are valid, none of them lends itself well to a healthy, effective organization.

Want a solution? Run your meetings Renegade style.

Unless there is clear direction, meetings can be dominated by the extroverted personalities in the room, while the valuable input of the introverts gets overlooked. Click To Tweet

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from pgs. 115-116 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management. 

Time is your most important God-given resource no matter how hard you work, you can’t make a day last longer than twenty-four hours. By mastering a set of proven time-management principles, you can regain control of your life. It is possible to manage your time so that you can stay on top of the never-ending demands of being a pastor, nurture your congregation, spend quality time with your family, and take care of your physical and emotional needs. Become the pastor God has called you to be.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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