As wide-spread as this problem is, it also applies to meetings. And I’m guilty as charged. For example, for most of my career, I have been ignoring the “after” part of the meetings (which sounds way cooler than it really is) – recently I added a post on exactly that, reflecting on meetings. So being concious of these three parts to every event or experience, will help plan accordingly.Grow your self, Grow your team, Goal settingBeing conscious of three phases around every event: what happens before, what happens during and what happens after.Before-during-after obviously follows time and the steps of an event/experience. Usually having such a broad/wide description of the phases is enough to reflect on the different moments, but feel free to make it more detailed/granular.
E.g. how can I manage the expectations of people involved? How can I make it interesting enough? How can I downplay expectations to not have people being disappointed?
E.g. what can I do before a meeting to make the meeting better? Or, more granular – what do I need to do in the first part of the meeting, before the true bulk of content to make sure we get most out of the meeting (also, see the meeting canvas)?
E.g. posting on your social channels that you will be speaking at an event before the event.
E.g. planning well so that you are not late for a meeting.
E.g. using the first part of the presentation to have people focus on the now, build a common understanding.
E.g. maximizing attendance to your virtual workshop or presentation by broadcasting it widely.
E.g. synchronizing social media posts with what you are talking about on stage.
E.g. sending out meeting notes within 24-48 hours.
E.g. thanking everybody that made your event/experience possible.
E.g. sharing your presentation and a recap online.
E.g. taking time to reflect on your meetings.