How do you start a positive meeting?

How do you start a positive meeting?

Begin the meeting on a positive note. However, if you start out on a high note, the rest of the meeting is more likely to be enjoyable. The greatest method to start a meeting on a good note is to invite each member to express something positive in a quick (i.e., less than 30 seconds) manner... Invite members to tell others about their achievements/successes or give testimonials regarding the group's performance.

For example: "John, would you please stand up?" (Everyone stands.) "Good job keeping track of our expenses this month." (Laughter and applause.) Then sit down.

This simple exercise takes only a few minutes but it has huge benefits for your relationship. By starting on a positive note, you show that you are committed to the success of the group and encourage members to do the same.

It also creates an atmosphere of trust and openness which are essential elements in any successful team environment.

Finally, this approach helps build rapport with members quickly and easily. Nothing can destroy a good relationship faster than the appearance of hostility or indifference. On the other hand, friendship can be built in a matter of moments!

So the next time you start a meeting, try saying: "Hello, everyone. I'm glad to see you all here today. Today we will be discussing topic X. First, let me say something positive about someone present.

How do you end a virtual meeting?

Here are four simple strategies to organize a decent meeting conclusion and help everyone get a productive start on their next actions.

  1. Use a countdown timer. You will absolutely lose peoples’ attention by failing to end on time.
  2. Give a two-minute warning. This idea comes from Mark W.
  3. Initiate a closing round.
  4. Lead a next actions round.

What should you talk about when opening a meeting?

Meetings Begin with Small Talk It is courteous to make small conversation while waiting for the meeting to begin, whether you are conducting the meeting or attending it. You should talk on matters irrelevant to the meeting, such as the weather, your family, or your weekend plans. This shows that you are a responsible citizen and a productive member of society.

You should also discuss any issues relevant to the meeting before it begins. For example, if there is a new product being introduced at work, then you should discuss it before the group starts its discussion of other topics. This shows that you are a responsible leader and that you have thought about the meeting's agenda before it starts.

Finally, you should end the meeting on a positive note. Even if you are both going home immediately after the meeting, say something nice about the person so that they know you enjoyed meeting with them.

How do you start a formal committee meeting?


  1. Start the meeting. Welcome any new members.
  2. Receive apologies for absence.
  3. Check for Conflicts of Interest on the items on the agenda.
  4. Ensure that additions or amendments to minutes are recorded.
  5. Set the scene. State the objectives of the meeting and each item.
  6. Try to be brief when making a point.

How do you prepare and chair a meeting?

How will your meeting be conducted?

  1. Ask people to speak ‘through the chair’.
  2. Don’t interrupt other people.
  3. Stick to the item on the agenda.
  4. Don’t talk amongst yourselves.
  5. Respect other people’s views – don’t groan or pull faces when someone else is speaking.
  6. Keep contributions short and to the point.

About Article Author

Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett loves to help others with their relationships. She has a background in psychology, which she studied at the University of Michigan. Barbara likes to spend her free time reading books about relationships or helping people write love letters for their partners to spice up their love-life.

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