How Do I Facilitate a Business Meeting?

Dear Experts, I graduated from college last May and landed a job in early July. I was recently promoted and will be facilitating my first business meeting next week. In my prior position, I wasn't required to participate in office meetings so I don't have much experience with them, nevermind leading one. Do you have any tips on how to successfully run a business meeting? Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:Q#370 Yes. Have a defined agenda and stick to it. Do your best to make it only as long as it needs to be. (@gradversity) Q#370 Like writing a speech "Begin w/ the end in mind". then, pick up a pen & start writing, one thought at a time. (@RobTaub) Q#370 Rules for meetings: 1) Have an agenda 2) Stick to it 3) Keep people focused. (@beneubanks) Q#370 RE spkg: some jump in, others raise hand so write list, call on in order of voice/hand seen; spk last. (@juliaerickson) Q#370 Create agenda w/boss; estab clear goal 4 each item: Decision? Discussion? Action? (@juliaerickson) Q#370 Facilitate means move forward, make easier. Your job is to keep the meeting on track. Google it. LOTS of info on leading. (@DawnBugni) Q#370 Create agenda of what u want to talk abt and talking notes for yourself. Give agenda to participants and off u go! (@DebraWheatman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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